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San Antonio charter school embraces Afghan refugee students, multiculturalism

Compass Rose Dream, a San Antonio charter school, stands as a beacon of diversity, notably serving a large Afghan population. Founded in 2022 with a focus on medical education, it swiftly became a sanctuary for Afghan families fleeing turmoil. Ismail Ja Khosti, a former U.S. Army translator, recounts his family’s escape from Afghanistan and their pursuit of education in the U.S. With cultural nuances and language barriers, the school prioritizes empowering Afghan girls through mentorship and cultural activities. Principal Felipe Butanda aims to further enrich the curriculum by introducing Pashto classes, fostering a multilingual environment. Through community support and dedicated educators like Khosti, Compass Rose Dream nurtures a vibrant tapestry of cultures, preparing students for a global future.

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