This project will support the community-driven Rahyab School in Kabul, Afghanistan where 400 disabled boys and girls aged 6 - 18 years who are either mute, deaf and/or blind, receive basic education and vocational training from specially trained teachers who are mostly disabled themselves. This School helps to fill a huge void in the public education system and equip this underserved community with necessary skills towards integration as contributing members of the society.
95% of Afghanistan's disabled children do not have access to education due to inaccessible environment and lack of educational facilities. The public system's insufficient resources and the unfortunate notion that disabled children are considered a burden to the society further exacerbate the situation. Kabul's Rahyab School plays a vital role in serving this under-privileged community but challenges remain in securing sustainable funding and expanding this model to other regions.
Through the Comprehensive Disabled Afghan Program approved curriculum and vocational courses, the School presents an academic opportunity for disabled Afghan children and imparts future employment skills to them. The activities include Braille, computer skills, music, embroidery, purse making, bicycle repairing, sewing, waiter training and various other crafts. Since the students come from the poorest levels of society, the School also provides them with daily meals and transportation.
The project will support these disabled children to ultimately rise out of marginalization and prepare them to become self-sufficient. They will act as pioneers in breaking the social stigma by becoming contributing members of the society. We seek to replicate this school model outside of Kabul and reach out to the other underserved 95% of the country. In addition, we plan to form collaborations with the public and private sectors to facilitate job placements for future graduates