The computer center at our new girls' school in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan still needs more computers. The center is available to the 5,000+ girls who attend the school. The center and its internet connection are extremely popular. They enable the girls to research, connect, and learn of the world outside Afghanistan. So far, GlobalGiving donors have funded 31 computers!
Afghan girls need a stronger skill set to enter the workforce, and pursue higher education. Afghan girls lack the educational opportunities that boys have, and are greatly disadvantaged as a result of this difference.
The computer center at our school (check the video!) is providing the means to offer vocational training, and a stronger education through training and access to the internet. If girls have vocational skills, they can enter the workforce and be independent. A higher earning potential, and higher education for girls will increase their status in society. Afghanistan has long held the title of being one of the worst places on earth to be a women. We can fix this through education.
A well built, functioning school provides a healthy and safe environment for a community's children, and a place where they learn the skills they need to become productive and peaceful adults. Many school buildings have been constructed in Afghanistan in recent years. But a building alone does not make a school. To be successful, it must be supplied, have qualified teachers, be fully supported by its community, and become fully sustained by its community. That's our long-term goal.