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Support Education for all in Kabul

by Action for Development (AfD)
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul
Support Education for all in Kabul

Last week, one of our photos was chosen to feature as the the cover of a WHO journal. 

The caption provided by the author of the photo, Rada Akbar, reads as following: A teacher instructing a deaf child during a lesson at the National School for Deaf Children on the Eastern outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 2017.

The Rahyab school for children with disabilities, supported by Action for Development, welcomed 750 children in 2019. There is a plan to expand the school to rural areas as well as the capital Kabul, in order to reach a higher number of children in need. 

Thanks to the support of our donors, Action for Development, has been able to support the Rahyab school  for children with disabilities since 2014 and so much more can be achieved!

For more information on our activities and projects please visit http://www.actfordev.org 

Our warmest regards,

The team at AFD

 

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According to Handicap International, about 200,000 children in Afghanistan are affected by at least one type of disability (physical, sensorial, or mental). The founder of the school for children with disabilities located in Kabul, Parwin Azimi (an expert of sign and Brail language, and the author of Afghanistan’s sign dictionary) mentioned that over 75% of children with disabilities do not attend school. Lack of awareness and support at the country’s decision-making level has lead to minimal infrastructure at health centres or schools for children with disabilities.  

Action for development is proud of its collaboration with the school for children with disabilities, where it supports education programmes for nearly 650 children with hearing impairment. In accordance with our organization’s goal of “healthy families, empowered communities”, we have provided food for the children and their families as an incentive to allowing children to attend the school. Nutrition is one of the biggest concerns amongst poor families. Statistics show that, in 2018, over 54% of the Afghani population lived under the poverty line. Therefore, providing food items is vital to the implementation of the school programmes in support of children with disabilities. At AfD we want to ensure that children with disabilities and their families are offered support and access to basic rights.

A message from Parween Azimi, Founder of the school for children with disabilities:

“The students in our school learn how to use sign language and to communicate with their hands. The fact that people in the community are unable to use sign language, motivates the pupils to attend our school, since they can be in a place where they can be understood and understand others.

With a vocational training, children learn the necessary skills to become self-reliant in the future. It is difficult for persons with disabilities to find employment, even when having knowledge of English or computer science. Many organizations do not trust them because of their disability, in this particular case hearing loss. It is important for us to raise awareness among the community that young adults with disabilities can be capable of assuming regular job roles.

In the next 20 years, we should aim at giving all children of Afghanistan access to education”. 

Fighting for the Right to be understood

 

The current situation of education in Afghanistan is crucial, according to a survey by UNICEF 3,5 million children remain out of school and 2.7 million of them are girls. In 2010, another survey from Education Road map identified twelve groups of vulnerable children aged of 7 to 18 years old, including street working children, child soldier etc… Actually, the most vulnerable group amongst them was children with disabilities.

 

In 2005, we notified 2.8 million disabled people in Afghanistan, 96,000 of them are children whom haven’t access to school. They include children with hearing impairment, sight problem, physical impairment, development impairment etc. The disabled people are living in total isolation from society due to lack of communication and comprehension. Parents also are not capable to deal with these problems due to lack of awareness and poverty. 

 

In 2001, the Afghan National Association of Deaf was created to fight for the Right of Deaf people in all aspect of life, education, health, employment, advocacy …Today, disabled children, from very poor families in Kabul, have a structure to welcome them every day to attend lessons from preschool to secondary and high school level education. The school provides them basic education including braille and sign language, as well as food and transportation for children with various types of disabilities.

 

« It shouldn't matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop » - we admire this quote of Robert John Meehan becuase it enourages us to continue our efforts and assistance to the children with disabilities to further improve their level of knowledge and prospects for their future.

 

Our school keeps expanding. During the schooling year of 2018, over 650 children received education at this school (where as initially there were about 400 students).  At the end of the year, 70% of our students obtained a maximum score in their semester-end examinations, leaving the teachers and educators proud and satisfied with the outcomes. During the winter season the school remained closed - as we cannot warm the classrooms. However, we are looking forward towards the new schooling year which will be starting on 21st March 2019. 

 

In addition of the successful school for disabled children, the Afghan National Association of Deaf are developing projects to reinforce the integration of people with disabilities in the active society through Capacity Building, including vocational training after graduation from school, English and computer classes.  

 

We are happy to annouce that the current dictionary of sign language was elaborated by the national committee for sign language, mainly by the school Founder and Coordinator - Ms Parween Nizami. The dictionary that was created about 20 years ago has been further improved and now it includes over 6000 words. The new edition of dictionary is ready to be printed – but still we are looking for some financial support necessary to launch the printing. 

 

Your contributions to the school and education for disabled children will help about 650 children to overcome isolation and depression. Your support will enable them to have smiles on their faces and overcome the difficulties and burden of  silence towards which they are exposed for their whole life.

 

We greatly appreciate your continuous support to the disabled children in Afghanistan.

 

Warm wishes,

Education is a constitutional right in Afghanistan. But more than 40% of children (3.7 million) do not go to school; 60% of whom are girls. The security situation is dire, poverty is extreme, and discrimination is deeply entrenched. All these factors make it incredibly difficult for children to receive the education they deserve. When children do not attend school, they are at increased risk of being abused, exploited, and recruited into militant groups.

For children living with disabilities, receiving an education is almost unheard of. Services to support disabled people in Afghanistan are extremely limited, and the social stigma of having a disability is severe. If Afghanistan is to progress, in terms of economy and society, education needs to be accessible to all. Our Rahyab School for Disabled Children hopes to make a difference by providing a safe space where children with disabilities can learn, and eventually reach their potential.

The school was established in 2003 by Parween Azimi, who also founded the Afghan National Association of the Deaf to fight for the rights of deaf people. Today, there are almost 600 disabled students receiving an education at the school. The children are taught sign language, and they engage in various activities to encourage their development, including drama and crafts. They also receive a daily meal. There are 60 staff, some of whom were previously educated at the same school.

Referring to how the children feel about attending the school, Parween says ‘they are so happy because there are other children, all of them they know sign language. At home and in the community, people around them they don’t know their language.’

After graduating last year, some students went on to university, some got a job inside the school, and others started work for their family’s business. However, the current situation in Afghanistan makes it very difficult for people with disabilities to find work, and sadly most students who have graduated do not get a job, despite their capabilities. To address this, we plan to provide our students with some vocational training following graduation, such as carpentry and mechanics, so that they can support themselves in the future.

Please continue to help us in our mission to provide an education for all. Your donations will enable these children to live the fulfilling life that they deserve to live. No child deserves to live a life where they are stigmatised and isolated from others.

Warm wishes,

The team at AfD

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Mohammed and Sabera, two of our 10th grade students who were born deaf, highlight some of the difficulties facing disabled youth in Afghanistan, and how being a part of our school has given them hope for the future:

‘It is very complicated to be deaf and not be able to communicate even with my sisters and brothers. They were enjoying normal school whereas I was not able to attend it since I could not hear what the teacher was saying. About 5 years ago our neighbor told my father that there is a school for people like me, so he enrolled me into this school. I am very happy because I feel empowered and enabled to communicate. I read and write now. I like math and even help my little sister and brother at times with their homework. I wish I could become a teacher and help kids learn and overcome illiteracy.’ (Mohammed, 16 years)

‘On the streets of the city it is very difficult to communicate with people – they do not understand if I ask them something. But – thanks to this school – I am capable of reading journals, newsletters, magazines, and historical books. I wish I could continue my studies after finishing school, however, in Kabul it is very difficult since there is no possibility for deaf people to enroll in normal classes.’ (Sabera, 16 years)

This week, until Sunday 12th August, our Rahyab School project is participating in the Youth Week Campaign on Global Giving. The aim of the campaign is to grow support for projects that provide safe spaces for youth. Our school is a safe space for youth with disabilities, enabling them to come together, engage in activities adapted to their diverse needs and interests, and express themselves freely. At the end of the campaign, the top 5 projects with the most funds raised and most unique donors will get up to $5,000 in bonus prizes. Additionally, there will be a 100% match for all new recurring donations started during the campaign.

Please help us to continue providing a safe space for disabled children in Afghanistan, either by donating directly, or sharing our work with your family members and friends.

We greatly appreciate your support.

Warm wishes,

The team at AfD

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Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq
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