Because of your support, 30 young women from rural northern Afghanistan continue to be transported safely to our Teacher Training Center. The women attend teacher training classes six days a week and look forward to educating students from their villages after their completion of the two-year-long cycle. They are energized by the prospect of teaching as the new academic year begins in Afghanistan. Eventhough it is cold and winter break is on for students across the country, these 30 young women continue the trek to the teacher training center which operates year-round to pursue their studies.
“Before coming here I was shy to enter the classroom. I couldn’t even greet the guests who visited our house,” a young woman enrolled in our teaching training program said. “After coming here I have changed a lot. Now I can teach and manage a class by myself.”
This project will dramatically improve the long-term economic and social opportunities for these women. Training women to become teachers fosters their independence and raises their status, encouraging civic participation. And after graduation, when these 30 women attain teaching positions, they will be empowered by their income and ability to manage their budgets and make their own financial decisions. They will also contribute mightily to helping their families economic situation.
You have not only invested in these women’s independence, but also in the education of thousands of girls who are denied the opportunity to learn, simply because there are no women to teach them. Many families do not allow their daughters to go to school if there are no female instructors, particularly in rural areas where conservative attitudes are deeply rooted. You have provided more girls in rural northern Afghanistan with the opportunity to learn. These 30 future teachers, who you have helped transport to our teacher training center, will impact an estimated 4,500 students a year upon graduation. 40% of the students in Afghanistan today are girls. We need more female teachers to get more girls in the doors.
Your dollars impacted the lives of thousands of girls. We thank you for your support in helping us end the cycle of female illiteracy and in creating more opportunities to learn in rural Afghanistan. One female teacher has the power to change the future of girls’ education.
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