Your dollars have partially funded the transportation of 30 young women from villages in northern Afghanistan to our teacher training center. Thank you.
In rural Afghanistan, where 75% of all Afghans live, 93% of women lack basic reading and writing skills. Conditions for girls and women are the worst in these areas: they are more likely to marry younger and are often denied an education because of cultural standards that require them to be taught by women. You have had the power to change this in helping us train more female teachers, allowing girls to return to classrooms and be exposed to ideas that aren’t shaped by the extremism that takes root among rural Afghanistan’s most vulnerable populations.
"I see these girls and I know they have so few chances. I can help my community and help these girls. Without teachers, they will be stuck without a mind that knows how to read and do math just like their mothers. There is a girl in our village who learned to read and write from a female teacher. She then helped her mom who sold rugs. She kept the books for her and made sure she was being paid the right amount of money. That helped the family.
I've seen teachers from the city come here. They stay a little while but they always leave. I go to the Teacher Training Center and return here to this village. I live here. It is home and it will be home." Student at the Training Center
This woman and the others, will receive teacher certification from the Ministry of Education after the two-year-long training cycle and then return to their villages, making programs for female education more sustainable in the regions with the lowest literacy levels. Last year, approximately 78% of the female teachers employed by the Ministry of Education in the village areas we operate in were from our teacher training center. This statistic demonstrates the direct impact you’ve had on girls’ education by supporting our efforts.
Now, thanks to you, these 30 women will be trained in fundamental teaching principles and will create lasting change in their communities by educating hundreds of girls each year. Girls in these villages will now be instructed in essential subjects, including English, Dari, history and literature, geography, mathematics, psychology, chemistry, zoology, plant science, and environmental awareness. Furthermore, you will improve the future educational and employment opportunities for girls and their families living in the rural areas we work in: for each additional year of primary school, their future wages will increase by up to 20%.
We believe that training more female teachers is the key to improving the quality of life in rural Afghanistan. We thank you for generosity and for your help in giving more girls in these villages the opportunity to learn from women they can depend on.
Your dollars have funded a new laptop computer for girls in our computer literacy class in northern Afghanistan. With your help, we were able to accomplish our goal of providing one of our new computer centers in Balkh Province with another laptop, serving girls who will soon complete their secondary education and who are in dire need of computer skills.
The Power of A Technical Education
One computer can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of girls by improving their opportunities for higher education and employment. We have observed that training girls in fundamental computers skills increases the likelihood that they will stay in school longer and eventually graduate, effectively delaying their marriages and fostering their independence. And if they do marry, we've also observed that their husbands and fathers want them to continue their computer studies because the future rests in technology especially in the urban environment of Mazar-i-Sharif where two of our centers are located.
A third urban center at the Gohar Khaton Girls' School will be opened in September 2014.
Tayeba, a 9th grade student said: “I am very excited to go to a new school with a modern library and computer laboratory room. I always wished to have a beautiful class in the school. I have seen students in the films that went to modern schools with computers. I hope our class will be like this next year." Tayeba wants to be a doctor in the future just as her own father is to serve the people of Afghanistan.
Why Literacy Includes Computers
Furthermore, if a girl is proficient in applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and if she is able to navigate the Internet, then she will be better prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to some form of higher education. Since the implementation of our computer literacy program in 2008, yearly enrollment rates have increased significantly, from approximately 1,000 students to 13,200 in 2013. This is the power of a single computer for girls in Afghanistan as they join a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected and where information is easily accessible. A computer will allow these girls to learn about international events and will promote cross-cultural understanding and respect.
A Long-Lasting Impact
Your impact on these girls’ technical education will endure, as one computer will impact approximately 100 girls enrolled in the course every year at the center. The computer will be available for girls to operate for years to come.
“Only 20 percent of Afghanistan is electrified; it’s only 20 percent illiterate,” says Paul Brinkley, the former United States deputy undersecretary of defense. “But 60 percent have a cellphone. What does this tell you about the Afghan people? They’re starving for information. You need that more to stabilize this country than all the security things you could do.”
Thank you again for supporting our innovative strategy of providing girls in northern Afghanistan with vocational skills while broadening their worldviews with computers. Your dollars will shape the lives of hundreds of Afghan girls who dream of advancing their skills to become more productive and involved in the political, economic, and social life of their country.
Thank you for continuing to support young girls and boys who attend our twelve schools in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan. Your generosity helps provide better educational opportunities for these students including the possibilities to find better employment opportunities after graduating from our schools.
"I don't work hard just for myself,” said a girl from one our schools. “I try to work hard for my sisters and also for all of those girls who couldn't get their rights.”
According to the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), “Woman’s literacy in Afghanistan is among the lowest in the world—about 14%. Previously, only 3% of girls went to school; now about 36% receive education.” This is progress. With grit, determination and family support, these girls overcome the barriers of extreme poverty to even get to school and begin to study. Your help with this process has immediate impact. This includes providing new desks, chairs, library books, textbooks, and other school supplies, all of which will help these girls learn better in a classroom environment.
Our definition of literacy has extended to include basic computer skills and we have installed a rural computer learning center.
One computer can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of girls by improving their opportunities for higher education and employment. We have observed that training girls in fundamental computers skills increases the likelihood that they will stay in school longer and eventually graduate, effectively delaying their marriages and fostering their independence.
Furthermore, if a girl is proficient in applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and if she is able to navigate the Internet, then she will be better prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to some form of higher education. Since the implementation of our computer literacy program in rural and urban areas in 2008, yearly enrollment rates have increased significantly, from approximately 1,000 students to 13,200 in 2013. This is the power of a single computer for girls in Afghanistan as they join a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected and where information is easily accessible. A computer will allow these girls to learn about international events and will promote cross-cultural understanding and respect.
Your impact on these girls’ education will endure.