My name is Arzoo, I am 12 years old from Afghanistan but I was born in Pakistan. My family returned to Afghanistan when I was eight years old and I studied there for two years. Around eighteen months ago, my family came to Jakarta, Indonesia and it was a very hard time for me. I had no friends and I was anxious because I was missing my studies as I was not at school.

I was thinking to myself, are there schools that I can attend here in Indonesia? When my family moved to Bogor, we found out there was a school I could attend. My brother Omid and I were enlisted on the waiting list for 6 weeks. I used to see students from the window of my home, with smiles on their faces and bags on their backs walking to school. I wanted to be enrolled in this school as soon as possible!

Luckily, my brother and I did not have to wait too long and today I am student of Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre. My teachers are kind, motivated and hard working. They teach me English and my favourite subjects are mathematics and science.

When I started school, I was unable to communicate with Australian visitors as I was not confident with my English. They brought us so many books for our library and I have read many of them which helped me improve my English skills. Now I can speak, write and read English well, I am very thankful to our supporters, and our teachers for providing good quality education.

I am also very thankful to my mum and my dad who help me with my studies. I want to be a scientist in the future and invent new things that will help my country, or become an artist so I can paint pictures which express the pain and feelings of those experiencing war, such as my people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Other than school, I love playing football or soccer as I know it is called in Australia! I play football once a week with my lovely teachers and after our games, I love eating Ashak, Hazaragi food which my mum makes for me and my brother.

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