Because of your support, 50 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. Each trip to the Teacher Training Center requires approximately 2 hours one-way. This level of commitment results in a sense of accomplishment and excitement as newly minted teachers enter their own classrooms.
“Becoming a teacher is my dream. My family would not allow me to go to the Teacher Training Center because it is too far. I can't walk there. I believed my options were over. Now I'm traveling every week to learn. I want to teach math and the center now has specialists in this area. I don't know where I will work when this program is over but I hope I will return to the village I am from.”
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 50 women attain teaching positions, they will be empowered by their income and ability to manage their budgets and make their own financial decisions. Typical families for 11 live on less than $1.00 per day. Adding a teacher's income to family income has enormous impact.
The Asia Foundation conducted a public opinion poll in 2014 of Afghan citizens and when asked about the most pressing problems facing women today, Afghans consistently identified education and illteracy, a lack of job opportunities for women among the top concerns.
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 50 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.