Aston University, Birmingham, awards posthumous honorary degree to Dr. Roshan Thomas

Aston University, Birmingham, awards posthumous honorary degree to Dr. Roshan ThomasRoshan Thomas (Posthumous Award)

Roshan graduated from Aston University with a degree in Optometry in 1978. Over the years, Roshan used this training to serve marginalised populations in the developing world.

With her ophthalmologist husband, Rahim, she volunteered in refugee camps in Pakistan. They then established a comprehensive eye clinic in one of the most vulnerable areas of Karachi and developed a nursing manual delivered through Aga Khan University.

In 2003, Roshan established an independent Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre, called the Sparks Academy, in Kabul, Afghanistan. She lived within a local Afghan community, learning about their challenges and aspirations, and used this knowledge to create a culturally relevant but international standard curriculum for her programme.

Roshan served as the Chair of the Aga Khan Education Board for British Columbia, the Chair of the United World College Selection Committee in Afghanistan and as a member of the International Baccalaureate Board of Governors.

via Aston University celebrates graduate success.


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  1. A real soldier of our world, Roshan Thomas will always be near and dear to everyone’s heart for her dedicated efforts to serve the marginalised communities of our world. Who may forget the countless tears shed by her students in Afghanistan. She will be remembered ever as a Martyr in the cause of pleasing Allah, the Creator. May her soul rest in eternal peace! Ameen.

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