Teacher Training Graduate instructs girls
Your continuous support and donations mean our programs training female teachers in northern Afghanistan continues to train much needed female teachers and empower girls and women to achieve their educational goals.
2019 marked the graduation of 850 students from our Teacher Training Center in rural Dawlat Abad, Northern Afghanistan. This year we have over 100 new students enrolled! We are excited to celebrate our graduating teachers and know that thanks to the TTC, they are better prepared to move forward in their teaching careers.
The importance of this program for girls and their families is beyond words. A lack of teachers is an enormous problem in Afghanistan where the school system has been flooded by students since the fall of Taliban rule. Due to the repercussions of that period, women teachers are especially in need. Of the 412 districts in Afghanistan, 245 currently don’t have a single woman qualified to teach. In rural areas, finding a qualified teacher is even more difficult. According to a World Bank report, only 37% of rural girls are in school in Afghanistan, compared to 73% of urban girls. Through this Teacher Training Center, Sahar helps to curb the lack of eligible female teachers in rural areas and encourages more young women and girls to continue school.
The additional classes offered at the Sahar supported center, such as computer skills, English language, advanced math, and science have attracted more students and families in Dawlat Abad which demonstrates the trust built and the long term and deep connection between Sahar and the community with whom Sahar works.
“The addition of classes like science, math, and English language in TTC students’ curriculum is a great advantage and puts students ahead in their career as a teacher. The increased interest and enrollment also indicates that more girls are interested in becoming a teacher in their community and there are more teachers in the community which is why we have more female students this year.” -TTC Computer teacher
Thank you for your contribution and dedication to girls and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan!
Ginna Brelsford, Executive Director