Afghanistan is at risk. You can help foster peace through education for mothers, girls, and boys. Aid Afghanistan for Education has 13 schools in 9 provinces that provide year around, accelerated curriculum for over 3000 students to reduce the 72% illiteracy rate. It is the first NGO in Afghanistan recognized by the Ministry of Education and able to provide high school diplomas so its students have the opportunity for university. Over 1100 graduates have proven the success of the schools.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Afghan education code does not allow people over 10 years old to enter public school. Decades of war have caused a high illiteracy rate: 87% for women and 57% for men. Women not in school are married off at an early age. Because of the desperately needed extra income, most people, even children, cannot wait 12 years to get a high school diploma. Our 13 schools in 9 provinces serve 3000 female and 104 male students who do not have access to education due to years of war and early marriage
How will this project solve this problem?
To stabilize a peaceful Afghanistan, we have to educate the population. Multiple indicator cluster surveys conducted by the UN show that the single greatest predictor for change is the mother's education level. The more educated a mother is, the more likely she is to survive childbirth. She marries later and has children who attend school, are vaccinated, well nourished, survive childhood and have access to water and adequate sanitation. We have over 1009 graduates who are proving our success.
Potential Long Term Impact
As our students graduate, some stay to become teachers. Others move into the community to grow other businesses and micro-enterprises. All focus on peace-building and strengthening their country against extremists. The 72% illiteracy rate in Afghanistan will be reduced more rapidly due to our accelerated curriculum and our focus on people who cannot enter the state-supported school system. Educating mothers helps educate future generations, reduces domestic violence, and improves the community.
Total Funding Received to Date: $56,283
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $43,716
Total Funding Goal: $99,999