Your Role in Sustaining Education in Rural Afghanistan
A young woman working in our office in Mazar-i-Sharif reports on the conditions in rural Northern Afghanistan,
“In one of the villages I visited, most of the girls want to become doctors and teachers. They say for now the biggest need they have is teaching the children in their village how to read and write.”
Ayni Education International supports nine schools in rural Afghanistan. Among our greatest challenge is finding and keeping qualified teachers for the rural villages. As with any educational system, a child's teacher is often a key window to the world and plays a pivotal role in how they view education. While there are many ways to impact childrens' education, a cruical step is to train the teachers with curriculum tailored to rural life and to bolstering young people's opportunities for future growth. These are tall orders in any country. In Afghanistan, one child's ability to read typically affects 11 family members. Your contributions help support our efforts to train teachers in rural areas.
Without qualified teachers, children in rural Afghanistan cannot learn. Thank you for your support which has ensured that women and men from rural areas graduate from our Teacher Training program and return to their villages after certification.
A recent requirement issued by the Ministry of Education mandates that teachers pass a qualification exam. Ayni Education International offers a program that trains teachers, many of whom come from rural villages and will return to their own rural villages, enabling these teachers to gain the certification they need to teach in the Afghan education system.
Improving Children’s Access to Education Begins With Teachers
Donors have helped Ayni Education International meet the growing demand for teachers in rural Afghanistan. Finding female teachers is a much more difficult problem for our schools and we run the risk, each school semester, of losing girl students if we can’t find female teachers. Traditional practices in villages require that girls be taught by female teachers: current estimates, based on just a 30% female educational workforce, suggest that Afghanistan is in need of over 70,500 more female teachers.
We have helped fill this gap with your support, qualifying hundreds of teachers each year who go on to educate the children from their own villages. Supporting our efforts in training rural Afghan women to become teachers is crucial for strengthening programs for education in rural Afghanistan. By getting more teachers to these rural areas, children at all levels have teachers that they can depend on.
Educating Children and Rural Communities
Each woman that graduates from our Teacher Training Program goes on to impact an estimated 4,500 students a year. And for each student educated, it is estimated that 11 families are also educated on some level. You have helped make programs for education in rural Afghanistan more sustainable and allow children to continue to learn. Your contributions have allowed these women to return to their local villages, where the youth is most vulnerable to extremist views, with a knowledge base in all major subjects. These female teachers will dramatically improve students’ chances of attending basic and higher education classes.
We thank you for supporting the learning of rural communities in Afghanistan. Your donations help Afghan children who need access to education the most.