Two girls practice using MS Office programs.
Computer literacy is key to getting a job or going on to university for girls in Afghanistan. Donor support in purchasing a new computer for our lab allows us to offer the class to an increasing number of girls who are on wait-lists for the 6 month course. Thank you.
“It has been more than three weeks since I joined the computer class,” said Sahar, a 10th grade student. “I am very happy now that I’m familiar with computers and I’m trying my best to study more in this 6 month course. I would really like to continue my lessons and will go to a university.”
Girls like Sahar continue to graduate from our centers in increasing numbers: more than 500 girls have graduated from our computer literacy program in the past year alone. 80 girls are enrolled in our current round of classes at each of our centers, and many more are waiting to take the course. Sahar and her classmates learn Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. When possible, the instructor connects the girls to the internet and forms facebook groups with young people in the United States.
Computers are opening the minds of our students and encouraging them to think about their futures, about the possibility of higher education, and about employment. Our labs enable students to experiment with geography and maps and texts that demonstrate the power of seeing a broader world. It is also imperative, they soon realize, that to compete in the marketplace for employment, they need to be conversant in the marketplace of ideas.
Your donation helped equip girls with the computers they need to compete with their male peers and become educated, empowered, and productive citizens. Thank you.
Learning new computer skills in pairs.
Students come together in class to review topics.
Girls work together during class.