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Oct 25, 2018

Building trainers' competences

GCC trainers deepening their knowledge in  Jquery
GCC trainers deepening their knowledge in Jquery

The Womanity Foundation is continuing the 3-year program Girls Can Code (GCC) in Afghanistan, more precisely in Kabul City. It is a vocational training taught in girl high schools. The most motivated students of each 4 impacted schools in 10thgrade follow English classes, then enroll in basic computer literacy (ICT) classes in the following year (11thgrade). Eventually, in 12thgrade, students follow the Introduction to Coding and Web Development course. 

All trainers employed by Womanity for the GCC programme  have a university degree in the same domain of their training. They are all competent and skillful. However, they are also young professionals and eager to learn and develop even more their set of competences. In order to have more impactful training, some asked to receive in depth training in certain areas of their teaching. This is why Womanity organized some capacity building training.


The local office of Womanity Afghanistan contacted a Kabul-based graphic design company to give a course for our coding trainers about the LaRavel framework in August. Moreover, senior ICT trainers organized some workshops for their peers on different aspects of teaching such as methodology, time and classroom management, confidence in class, conflict management for ICT trainers. Lastly, the external technical monitor of English classes carried out workshops for English trainers about Classroom Management and Development of trainers' confidence.

All trainers (a total of 12 + 4 assistants) were very happy to receive such capacity-building opportunities. Womanity believes these courses/workshops will allow them to be even better prepared when teaching their classes.



Jul 10, 2018

Building trainers' knowledge in coding languages

Recently the Womanity Foundation has launched Girls Can Code year 3, a vocational training program for students in grade 10th to 12th. The program includes a one yearlong course of English in grade 10th, one of basic computer literacy in grade 11th and a course called Introduction to Coding and Web Development in grade 12th.

Our trainers for the Coding program needed to increase their knowledge in specific coding languages to be taught to students in the second half of 2018.

For this reason, during summer holidays (exam break in the Afghan academic year) we organised workshops for them in the following subjects:

1 -  Linux Training taught by Nasira Jan

2 - JQuery Training taught by Liza Popalzai

3 - PHP - Admin Panel taught by Liza Popalzai, Laila Mohammadi and Shakera Zia

4 - WordPress taught by Malalai Mayar and Laila Mohammadi

5 - Laravel taught by Sharifa Nawroozi

Training are facilitated by peer trainers in order to increase peer-to-peer- support and cross learning.

The program started with an intro session on English and ICT to better inform trainers on how students are prepared in these two subjects before joining the coding training. 

Four trainers and their four assistants will be part of the program. Training sessions are organised during the month of July 2018

Apr 13, 2018

Update on our teacher training in Afghanistan!

For the last decade, Womanity has worked to build the capacity of teachers in Afghanistan. Many of them require additional support but there the culture of continuous teacher learning is not deeply embedded in Afghan schools. Usually when a teacher is appointed they do not receive any extra support enabling them to teach better and understanding of new teaching practice is limited in most cases to what can be self-taught.  

Therefore, every year Womanity conducted a needs assessment in each of its impact schools. This aims to understand their real capacity building need and accordingly we then run a series of trainings. In 2017 the greatest demand was for science subject training. This is potentially because the science curriculum has been revised by the Ministry of Education three times in the last 10 years and subsequently teachers themselves do not always have the expected levels of knowledge for every part of the curriculum.  

Womanity also provides support for extracurricular topics, for example CRC (child right convention) which ensures teachers know thoroughly the rights of children in their care and helps to avoid some undesirable behaviours and practices including punishment of children. Other trainings in this category include first aid training, disaster risk reduction and hygiene training. 

2017 was the final year of some activities as our approach moves from general capacity building of schools to specific vocational training for Afghan girls. Below is a summary of teacher training activity across 2017, which Globalgiving campaign supporters have been instrumental in enabling. 

Womanity organised two science training courses for school teachers in two locations: the central science department of the Ministry of Education in Kabul and Gholam Haidar School in Punjshir Province. A total of 169 science teachers attended the different modules of the training. Each training module was divided into five subjects (chemistry, physics, maths, biology and environmental science). Each subject was addressed for three hours a day over twelve days, resulting in a total of 360 hours teacher training.  

The science training modules were assessed by pre and post tests and the final average score obtained by trainees was 70%. This constitutes more than 100% improvement in results when compared with the average trainee pre-test score of 34/100.  

Overall, ten schools were impacted by this program: Al-Fatah, Naswan Wahdat, Spin Kalai, Sardar Daud Khan, Khoja Lakan, Naswan Paghman, Abdulah Ben Omar, Malalai Shahid, Gholam Haidar khan, Mir Bacha kot. 

Womanity in partnership with AFRANE, also organized a training in Pashto teaching methodology for teachers in grades 4– 6. The training was attended by 24 teachers of five schools and lasted ten full days. The objective was to provide teachers, who might not be native Pashto speakers, with practical advice on how to teach the language to students of younger grades.  

Pre and post tests showed an average improvement of teachers’ knowledge from an initial average score of 21% to a final 65%. That’s a 210% improvement! Two further methodology trainings in Dari and Pashto for were organised for teachers following this course. Although they were not graded, they supported a further 44 teachers to grow their knowledge and teaching tools. 

Additionally, Womanity organized: 

- two workshops in CRC (Child Right Convention) and teaching methodologies supporting 46 teachers. 

- two DDR (Disaster Risk Reduction) workshops for a total of 47 teachers. 

- a workshop in First Aid intervention in Spin Kalai School for 20 teachers.

The knowledge conveyed during these workshops is quite innovative as often it is the first time that teachers are exposed to subjects like children’s rights, how to evacuate a school or how to behave in case of a natural or man-made disaster as well as how best to respond immediately to a person/student feeling unwell.

As our focus shifts to vocational STEM training for female students at our impact schools, we are starting to wind down these activities. We will soon be closing this campaign to replace it with pages for new areas of our work empowering women in emerging markets which urgently need support.

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