School Libraries Reduce Afghan Youth Illiteracy

by Relief International Vetted since 2008


By establishing libraries for the children of Afghanistan, the stunningly low national literacy rate is reduced while ultimately ensuring a brighter future and global perspective for Afghan youth

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Due to ongoing civil unrest and conflict, Afghanistan's schools and libraries are in a state of despair, on top of an adult literacy rate of only 36%. With equal access to books among boys and girls, RI's libraries help close the gender gap as well as the literacy gap - necessary for the economic growth and recovery of the region.


RI refurbishes and meets the needs of 275 schools, while providing library furniture & delivering over 82,500 books. RI trains teachers in library management, incorporation of books into curriculum, & student evaluation methods.

Long-Term Impact

The primary goal is to reduce illiteracy in Afghanistan, specifically, by showing a sharp increase in literacy skills among 75% of children in target schools. The program gives girls equal access to books & trains teachers using new techniques.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


RI's Additional Programs in Afghanistan
Afghanistan School Project
Educational Development for youth & teachers
Rehabilitation of Educational Facilities

Organization Information

Relief International

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @ReliefIntl
Project Leader:
Brenna Taylor-Ford
Philanthropy Associate
Los Angeles, CA United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 8 donors like you, a total of $415 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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