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
Oct 22, 2012

Afghan girl helps her family heal through peace

Tahera- Rokhshana High School student
Tahera- Rokhshana High School student

Tahera Rezayee is a bright, energetic 9th grader at Rokhshana High School in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Earlier this year, Tahera was introduced to peace education and immediately fell in love with the personal stories from HTAC's 'Journey of Peace' book series; designed to help children (traumatized by war and violence) learn how to heal and develop positive attitudes and behaviors aobut peaceful, everyday living.

Tahera's mother knew what her daughter was learning in class because she had received a parent's guide about our peace education program, developed to help parents reinforce the values of peace in the home.  But little did Tahera or her teacher know, that her mother was feeling great pain.

Emotionally scarred by the devastation of war and the treatment of women under the rule of the Taliban, Tahera's mother had become bitter and aggressive, unable to engage in conversations with Taher or her siblings, flying into sudden rages of anger for what seemed to be no reason at all, or secluding herself in their home and letting her children fend for themselves.

One day, Tahera cautiously showed her mother the 'Journey of Peace' stories and asked if they could read them together. To her surprise, Tehera's mother connected to the personal stories as she was able to relate to the characters and their tauma as well as the lessons about dealing with anger, sadness and learning to forgive and move on.  Most importantly, her mother learned how the families in the stories resolved their conflicts non-violently.

The transformation of Tahera's mother was dramatic.  She began listening to her children, praising them, and taking a leadership role in applying the steps to peaceful conflict resolution for all family matters.  Tahera herself is overjoyed. "Things are so much better.  Our mother is listening to us and we now enjoy talking with her and not being afraid.  My mother is happier and we are a family."

Oct 22, 2012

Bilingual storybooks improve literacy and more

Sorya Girls School - Read Afghanistan
Sorya Girls School - Read Afghanistan

While more Afghan children are attending school than ever before, literacy remains a critical problem.  Up to 50% of school aged boys and almost 80% of girls are still unable to read and write.  Without these skills, these children are doomed to a life of poverty (and especially for boys), more vulnerable to extremist elements as they grow older.

HTAC's "Read Afghanistan" program has helped thousands of Afghan children acquire and improve their reading skills.  Our original, bilingual and illustrated books are not only improving reading levels among enrolled children by over 80%, they're also teaching and reinforcing positive values (like showing respect, taking personal responsibility for actions, helping others, and aspiring to a worthy vocation.

Earlier this year, students at Sorya Girls School, in Kabul (an HTAC-supported school), read and discussed one of these wonderful books - "A Rose for Leyla" which tells the inspiring story of an Afghan girl who dreams of one day becoming a doctor so she can help her village.

Students at the school not only shared the story with their families, but put on a mini-play to re-enact life-chaning scenes from the book.  For many of these girls, Leyla became an inspiration to finish their education, acquire skills, and do something meaningful in their lives.

HTAC's "Read Afghanistan" program is funded totally by individual donations.  By supporting this program, you are helping to change an Afghan child's life forever.  

Jul 30, 2012

Teachers role-modeling peace are crucial

teachers learn to role model peace
teachers learn to role model peace

While most Afghan teachers have good intentions in wanting their students to learn,  their lack of education and training unwittingly prevents quality learning and oftentimes breeds resentment and discontent among their students. A significant under-reported problem is that a large percentage of these teachers practice counter-productive corporal punishment where they hit, shake, yell at and intimidate students.  Such practices can be found among many female as well as male teachers and almost always, the effects of repeated corporal punishment over time are devastating to boys and girls.

The problem is not that these teachers are fundamentally bad people; it's because corporal punishment has been so imbedded into the Afghan teaching culture; that they themselves were beaten and yelled at in class when they were students.

As a cornerstone of Help the Afghan Children's peace education training, teachers quickly learn that there are alternatives to such aggressive behavior and that the benefits of such alternatives make their teaching more enjoyable and productive.  In our training classes, teachers learn to become listeners and facilitators; not simply authority figures.  They learn how to physically arrange a classroom to promote more open dialogue among students as well as between teachers and their students.  They learn and practice key positive role-modeling skills, such as encouraging students to voice their feelings and opinions without fear of reprisal. They learn the value of recognizing students who grasp a lesson or help another student.  Most importantly, they learn how to create an environment of trust and openness.

Since we began measuring teacher performance in 2010, 96% of over 2,000 teachers at our schools have completely abandoned all forms of corporal punishment and are motivating their students through kindness, guidance, and respect. 

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