Thank you for continuing to support young girls and boys who attend our twelve schools in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan. Your generosity helps provide better educational opportunities for these students including the possibilities to find better employment opportunities after graduating from our schools.
"I don't work hard just for myself,” said a girl from one our schools. “I try to work hard for my sisters and also for all of those girls who couldn't get their rights.”
According to the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), “Woman’s literacy in Afghanistan is among the lowest in the world—about 14%. Previously, only 3% of girls went to school; now about 36% receive education.” This is progress. With grit, determination and family support, these girls overcome the barriers of extreme poverty to even get to school and begin to study. Your help with this process has immediate impact. This includes providing new desks, chairs, library books, textbooks, and other school supplies, all of which will help these girls learn better in a classroom environment.
The Power of A Technical Education
Our definition of literacy has extended to include basic computer skills and we have installed a rural computer learning center.
One computer can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of girls by improving their opportunities for higher education and employment. We have observed that training girls in fundamental computers skills increases the likelihood that they will stay in school longer and eventually graduate, effectively delaying their marriages and fostering their independence.
Furthermore, if a girl is proficient in applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and if she is able to navigate the Internet, then she will be better prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to some form of higher education. Since the implementation of our computer literacy program in rural and urban areas in 2008, yearly enrollment rates have increased significantly, from approximately 1,000 students to 13,200 in 2013. This is the power of a single computer for girls in Afghanistan as they join a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected and where information is easily accessible. A computer will allow these girls to learn about international events and will promote cross-cultural understanding and respect.
A Long-Lasting Impact
Your impact on these girls’ education will endure.
Thank you again for supporting our innovative strategy of providing girls in northern Afghanistan with vocational skills while broadening their worldviews with computers. Your dollars will shape the lives of hundreds of Afghan girls who dream of advancing their skills to become more productive and involved in the political, economic, and social life of their country.
Computer Literacy is Literacy Too