Saba Farzan

Saba Farzan

Geoffrey Langlands has been deeply committed to education – even in an unstable region

A few weeks ago I was searching for something in our basement and I came across two little memories of my childhood. When I was a baby my parents bought me two scarves, one light blue, one dark blue. At that time we were living in the south-east of Iran, only an hour from the border with Pakistan. A few years later in 1986 when I was six, the scarves played an unexpected role in my life. For three months I attended nursery school in Iran and my parents would ask me to wear one as a headscarf. I would wear it for five minutes or so and then take it off.