50 Rural Afghan Girls to Teacher Training Program

A microproject by Sahar Education
50 Rural Afghan Girls to Teacher Training Program

Your dollars have partially funded the transportation of 50 young women from villages in northern Afghanistan to our teacher training center. Thank you. 

In rural Afghanistan, where 75% of all Afghans live, 93% of women lack basic reading and writing skills. Conditions for girls and women are the worst in these areas: they are more likely to marry younger and are often denied an education because of cultural standards that require them to be taught by women. You have had the power to change this in helping us train more female teachers, allowing girls to return to classrooms and be exposed to ideas that aren’t shaped by the extremism that takes root among rural Afghanistan’s most vulnerable populations.

"I see these girls and I know they have so few chances. I can help my community and help these girls. Without teachers, they will be stuck without a mind that knows how to read and do math just like their mothers. There is a girl in our village who learned to read and write from a female teacher. She then helped her mom who sold rugs. She kept the books for her and made sure she was being paid the right amount of money. That helped the family.

I've seen teachers from the city come here. They stay a little while but they always leave. I go to the Teacher Training Center and return here to this village. I live here. It is home and it will be home." Student at the Training Center 

This woman and the others, will receive teacher certification from the Ministry of Education after the two-year-long training cycle and then return to their villages, making programs for female education more sustainable in the regions with the lowest literacy levels. Last year, approximately 78% of the female teachers employed by the Ministry of Education in the village areas we operate in were from our teacher training center. This statistic demonstrates the direct impact you’ve had on girls’ education by supporting our efforts.

Now, thanks to you, these 50 women will be trained in fundamental teaching principles and will create lasting change in their communities by educating hundreds of girls each year.  Girls in these villages will now be instructed in essential subjects, including English, Dari, history and literature, geography, mathematics, psychology, chemistry, zoology, plant science, and environmental awareness. Furthermore, you will improve the future educational and employment opportunities for girls and their families living in the rural areas we work in: for each additional year of primary school, their future wages will increase by up to 20%.

 We believe that training more female teachers is the key to improving the quality of life in rural Afghanistan. We thank you for generosity and for your help in giving more girls in these villages the opportunity to learn from women they can depend on.

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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.

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Sahar Education

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Ginna Brelsford
Seattle, WA United States

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