30 Rural Afghan Girls to Teacher Training Program

A microproject by Sahar Education

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.

“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.

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.

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. 

Teacher Training Center Students
Teacher Training Center Students

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. "

Teacher Training Students Studying
Teacher Training Students Studying
Teacher Training Center
Teacher Training Center

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Sahar Education

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​sahareducation.org
Project Leader:
Ginna Brelsford
Seattle, WA United States

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