Your dollars have partially funded the transportation of 30 young women from rural northern Afghanistan to our teacher training center. These women 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.
In rural Afghanistan, where 75% of all Afghans live, 93% of women and 65 % of men 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.
Because of your support, these 30 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.