Your dollars have partially funded the transportation of 30 young women from villages in northern Afghanistan to our teacher training center. Thank you.
"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.
In rural Afghanistan, where 75% of all Afghans live, 93% of women and 65 % of men 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.
Because of your support, 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 funding impacted three Afghan girls! They will take turns at the laptop learning computer skills in shifts. Thank you. The center opened in the fall and is continuing to operate even under severe winter conditions. 180 girls are enrolled in our courses and girls range in age from 5-6th graders to 11-12th graders.
"I've been waiting to touch the computer. Now that the center is open and I signed up, I am sitting with the other girls learning. Our generator doesn't work so well so I don't know if I will be able to connect with American girls so much but I can learn from the internet sometimes. And even my family knows how good it is to have me learning computers." 17 year-old student
With access to the Internet a seed has been planted. The more female students are able to access information and interact with each other and those from around the world, the greater commitment they will have to lead their own lives. They gain tangible, marketable work skills and learn about new opportunities. Empowered in this way, they are better equipped to help improve the lives of their families, children, and communities – and impact the future of Afghanistan in a positive way.
"While I was studying with my friend, we thought of many ways we could help our community. Our center and technology have opened up other ways of viewing things. Maybe we needed that." Circles of friendship are built around spaces designed exclusively for women in Afghanistan. This has been true for a long while now since the rules governing female access to public space is so constricted. However, within those rules, by adding access to technology, interesting opportunities for engagement in the wider world are emerging.
40% of students in school in Afghanistan are girls today. Statistics don't exist for how many of those girls have access to computers. What we do know is that you have helped more girls gain access, thank you.
"I want to give back to my community by becoming a teacher. The girls don't have enough females teaching. Without that, they can't go to school. Other schools are too far away and fathers will not let their daugthers walk so far to go to school. I will change this situation if I can get the certification." Student at the Teacher Training Center