Your dollars had impact.
For one month, 30 young women from a rural village in Northern Afghanistan were transported by vehicle, along rugged roads, to a center for Teacher Training. These women travel far distances six days a week for their training so they can become certified to return to their village and educate girls in the local schools. The ripple effect of this program is enormous: for each girl educated, it is estimated that 11 family members are also educated at some level; for each teacher educated, the local economy improves because she has a job and also brings that salary home to her family and the overall openness to new ideas that challenge conservative mindsets regarding gender roles also results in more opportunities for girls and women. This is especially important as the transition occurs with a lessening of the Western presence in the region.
Cultural paradigms demand that girls are taught by female teachers beyond a certain age. Ayni Education International trains women to become teachers to fill this much needed gap. Your dollars have contributed to this effort. Thank you.
As a young Afghan woman working in our office in Mazar-i-Sharif noted after visiting our Teacher Training Center,
"Girls' education is an essential need in Afghanistan where most girls have experienced bitter life during the Taliban regime when they had to live behind the walls and were not allowed to get an education. There is so much thirst for learning in these girls' faces. Seeing them wave at you and send you kisses makes you to be hopeful for Afghanistan's future. I think it will not be possible to implement democracy without educating the women and giving them the opportunity to serve their part of job for the country. Women are no different from men, they can learn, they can work and at the same time they can take care of their families. We have many examples of those women in our society today. They say "Educating a woman is like educating a nation or generation" I think this quote is not said for no reason. A mother can teach a lot to her children and can change a lot in her children's lives. We need to bring the capacity of our girls and women in the country forward in order to achieve political, economic and social development. "
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