Help The Afghan Children

Our mission is to help Afghan children become educated, healthy, and productive citizens who are able to fully contribute to building Afghanistan's civil society. We accomplish this by working with supporting partners to establish model community-based schools in different regions of Afghanistan; by providing training to local educators to enhance their professional capacities; and by developing and introducing innovative learning programs
Jul 30, 2012

Afghan girl overcomes challenges

12th grader Asia
12th grader Asia

Despite the encouraging headlines that more Afghan girls are enrolled in school than prior years, the sad truth is too many of these girls drop out of school due to the economic hardship their families face and all-too-often, are forced into early marriage and childbearing. 

This unfortunate scenario seemed to be the story of 9th grader Asia, a bright, talented student who dreamed of one day learning the computer, but her school lacked a computer facility and classes.  Asia knew of a computer course not that far from her neighborhood, but it was not free and her parents were poor.  A high school in another district did offer classes for students, but leaving her neighborhood was very dangerous as security for girls was poor. 

When her family decided to move to a safer district, Asia's life changed dramatically.  The school Asia enrolled in had a computer laboratory and a caring teacher who took Asia under her wing.  Although she had never touched a computer in her life, within a year Asia had mastered Windows, MS Word, MS Excel and Power Point.  Her teacher was astounded.  Never had she seen a girl progress so rapidly in gaining computer skills and applying them so effectively. In addition, Asia became a unofficial computer coach and mentor for many of the other girls in her class.

By the time Asia entered the 12th grade, her remarkable achievements had caught the attention of the Behzad Institute of Computer and English Language in Kabul and after a stellar interview, she was hired to become a computer instructor.  Needless to say, Asia's parents are extremely proud and the money Asia earns goes a long way to help her family economically.

HTAC is proud to support the computer education program at Asia's school.  Afghan girls can do remarkable things if we given them a chance. 

May 7, 2012

More girls enrolled in HTAC's computer ed. program

The new school year began in Afghanistan in late March and this year, another 2,760 Afghan high school girls enrolled in HTAC's well-regarded computer education program.  To date, 24,717 girls have enrolled in this life-changing course.

Girls (like boys) learn all key computer skills- Windows, Word, Excel, Power-Point (and for those schools equipped), how to navigate the internet. To make computer learning both fun and meaningful, students get to use the computer to complete school assignments and work on various projects. For a recent cultural exchange project, a class of girls researched the state and town of their American sister school. Becoming computer literate by the time these girls graduate is critical if they are to have an opportunity to seek productive jobs in Afghanistan's expanding information technology marketplace.

May 7, 2012

HTAC expands peace-building into local communities

Since 2003, HTAC's ground-breaking peace education program has taught over 53,000 Afghan children at 44 schools to reject violence and incorporate the lessons of peace into their everyday lives.  Now a new program, built on many of the same peace-building principles taught in Afghan schools, is reaching and benefiting entire local communities where these children live.

A recently completed project in Samangan Province (north-central Afghanistan) trained and empowered local community groups (Shuras) in learning how to effectively address and resolve their conflicts while building a foundatin for peaceful cooperation.  HTAC provided hands-on training for 2,028 members, 745 of whom were women.  These local groups represented approximately 20,000 citizens.

Members learned such skills as non-violent conflict resolution techniques, building collaborative relationships, mediation, conducting effective meetings, and taking positive actions to resolve long-standing problems.

The 6-month effort was a resounding success.  Community leaders and independent observers reported sharp decreases in conflicts, both within and between local groups.  Our team observed significant improvements in how meetings were conducted as these groups were able to effectively address previously unresolved conflicts that were important to their communities.  In a male-dominated society such as Afghanistan, the team also saw a greater inclusion of women as active participants and decison-makers.

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