Educating females is the best way to accelerate equality in society for women and girls. Education provides opportunity, improves self- confidence and gives the ability to advocate for oneself. We provide fast track classes in literacy, mobile literacy (learning through texting), tailoring, computing, English and other subjects to thousands of women and girls. Many of our students are are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), deprived of education and eager to catch up with their peers.
Gender inequality in Afghanistan is a fundamental issue in its society. Mindsets of both men and women have to change. Lack of education prevents women from gaining equal standing in society and being able to fully contribute. Education gives them opportunity to develop their abilities and be appreciated for what they can contribute. They need literacy, numeracy, critical thinking. Training that provides income like computing and tailoring so they can start small businesses or get jobs.
Women and girls get the chance to catch up on years of missed schooling studying for grade certificates on a fast track basis. Many students finish multiple grade levels within one year. They can learn income generating skills such as tailoring and computing which leads to setting up small businesses or getting jobs. Education gives these women the step up to equality in society. They are more respected, their capacity is recognized and their ideas are sought in family and community.
Thousands of women and girls will become literate and gain other education. Lives will improve as they gain greater opportunity. Many students will choose to continue education on a fast track basis; some will mainstream into government schools at age-appropriate grade levels; some will get work. Women will realize they can be leaders and have a role in community, leading to greater equality across society and acceptance by men. Educated women will ensure their daughters receive education.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).
Afghan Institute of Learning Website
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