FRIDAY, 21 MARCH 2014 1:12 PM

Mourning Roshan Thomas, longtime UWC supporter and parent

All of us in the Pearson College UWC family are in mourning following the tragic death of Roshan Thomas, mother of three UWC alumni, Karim (PC YR 25/2000 Canada), Samira (PC YR 30/2005 Canada) and Rishma (Atlantic College UWC 2001). Roshan was killed in a terrorist attack at a Kabul hotel on Thursday, March 20. 

Roshan was deeply dedicated to serving others and providing learning opportunities to children who would not normally have access to high-quality education in Afghanistan. The school she founded in Afghanistan, Sparks Academy, is serving an important need for quality early childhood education and a place where UWC alumni have been volunteering as teachers since its founding in 2002. Roshan and her husband also have a long history of traveling to Pakistan and Afghanistan to provide comprehensive eye services to vulnerable populations in need of care.

Roshan was a dear host mother to many of our Afghan students and worked tirelessly with her family to make it possible for students from Afghanistan to have access to UWCs. Whenever we encountered challenges, for example, with visa applications or with the complexities of travel, she was there to help out. Her life of service to others is such an inspiration. She was in Afghanistan as a volunteer interviewing students who were applying for UWC scholarships.

What a tragic loss for so many.

David Hawley, Head of College

Interview with Karim and Samira

Island mourns champion of education, killed in Kabul attack




Veronique Barbelet - MAR. 22, 2014 06:06 AM
My thoughts are with Karim and his family.
Tapan Bhargava - MAR. 25, 2014 12:11 PM
Deepest condolences. Her work has and will continue to positively impact individuals and communities. Sincerely, Tapan Bhargava MUWCI 1999
Linda H. Olson - MAR. 25, 2014 10:12 PM
Please would you pass on our deepest condolences to all friends and family of Roshan (Linda Olson, Teacher, LPC UWC HK).
Manas Mohanty - MAR. 29, 2014 11:02 AM
Dr Roshan Thomas did all her life what UWC would like its students to do - education as a binding force for world peace. It is so reassuring that her spirit is burning bright in the hearts of her own three children and so many other kids she did educate. I am a father of a UWC kid. That way I feel as if some one in my family passed away so untimely, so tragically. This world is such a beautiful place to live in for persons like Roshan lived as contemporary. Roshan , a Persian word is also widely used in Hindi, the official language of India. It means shining/ splendid. She lived to justify the meaning of her name.


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