Books are the opportunity of education for Afghan girls
By Ginna Brelsford | Executive Director
With your generous support, Sahar was able to equip a village school in Northern Afghanistan with textbooks for their core courses K-12. Thank you being a major contributing factor in this accomplishment!
While Afghanistan has made tremendous strides getting girls in the doors of schools since the fall of the Taliban, girls in rural areas continue to lag behind their urban sisters in attending school. Over 60% of rural girls do not attend school and are vulnerable to ongoing cycles of early marriage, health problems and desperate poverty. There are many reasons for girls not attending school including a lack of schools, troublesome security situations and few resources such as books and other equipment. This library project focused on a rural school that touches the lives of over 2,000 girls. Girls go to school in shifts, typically up to three shifts in one day. The village school teaches girls beginning in kindergarten through grade 12. Having books to read is an essential step in tackling illiteracy.
One student noted, "the books help me to better understand people, cultures, ideas, behaviors, wishes and most importantly, their hopes. I think my top position in my class is because of my understanding of general information about studies and also about the wider world now." This student benefitted immensely from the library's books.
Donor support is essential for bringing books into rural schools. Afghanistan remains on the bottom rung of the UN Poverty Index. Helping girls gain a toehold in reading and writing contributes to lifting the nation out of poverty. Investing in girls' education is seen as one of the most important pieces of nation-buildling. Thank you.
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