Engage Afghan Men and Boys as Gender Allies

by Sahar Education
Engage Afghan Men and Boys as Gender Allies

Dear Friend of Sahar,

Thank you for your on-going support of Sahar Education. Your generous contributions are especially important as we continue to work with Afghan staff to respond to the on-going challenges. Due to security concerns and uncertainty of the situation , our programs are closed for the time being. Sahar believes in the future of Afghanistan and its people. Currently,  we are exploring options as to how to proceed with our programs under the Taliban.

As members of our community, donors, and champions of girls’ education, thank you for standing with us in support of Afghanistan and children’s education.

We are incredibly grateful to have you on this journey with us. 

Gratefully, 

Malahat

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Dear Friend of Sahar, 

Thank you for being part of Sahar Education’s work! We recognize the challenges of this time and are grateful for your commitment to our mission. 

We are excited to share that during April, the second session of the MPC program was conducted successfully at two schools. 37 participants graduated from our program into the next generation of Afghan men with a nuanced understanding of the importance of women’s rights, conflict resolution, and community engagement. 

Mir Abdul Shabir, an MPC graduate, said, “Before joining the program, my family was insisting not to allow my sister in pre-university preparation in order to continue her higher education after school. But after I joined the program, I learned about human rights and how women’s rights are being considered now in Afghanistan. As her brother, I decided to support and help my sister to get what she is wishing for and convinced my family to let her join the academy.” He added, “Now, we go together in the Academy and prepare to be selected in our preferred university and favorite major.”

By helping boys rethink gender stereotypes and the role of girls and women in Afghan society, we are promoting a bright future for all Afghans. 

On behalf of the whole Sahar team, thank you for your support. We could not accompany boys on their journeys to gender allyship without you.

 

Gratefully, 

Malahat Mazaher

Executive Director

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Dear Friend of Sahar, 


Thank you for being part of Sahar Education’s work! We know that this is not an easy time and we are exceptionally grateful for your support. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on this last year of school for many students around the world, including Afghanistan. With schools closed from March to August in response to the pandemic, we worked with our team to switch to a virtual method of instruction for our Men as Partners in Change (MPC) Program. Through WhatsApp, we shared video-recorded lessons, engaged with students, and disseminated public health information during Afghanistan’s lockdown. Student have since returned to the classroom. 
As schools reopened in late August, we began working in two new schools in and around Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan: Khalid Bin Walid High School and Hazrat Nouman High School. With over 3,000 boys studying at the school, we’re looking forward to engaging with these new communities. We’re particularly excited about working with these new schools because their students represent Afghanistan’s many ethnic identities including Pashtun, Hazara, Tajik, and Uzbek. In this sense, our classrooms will not only be a space where boys learn to become better gender allies, but also a safe place to interact with diversity. 

Sorosh is one student who recently attended the MPC course. Reflecting on the course, Sorosh says, “We need to bring some adjustments to definition of masculinity and male honor in Afghanistan.” he added, “in my point of view, the real male honor is to support the women in the family and community in order to pave a way for them to educate and work—not to keep them in home as we keep a bird in cage.”


As we look forward, we will continue our transformative gender work in-person. To ensure the safety of our students and teachers, we are providing face masks, hand sanitizer, and requiring temperature checks before students can enter our classrooms. In light of COVID-19, we see promoting gender equality and girls’ education as all the more important. By helping boys rethink gender stereotypes and the role of girls and women in Afghan society, we are promoting a bright future for all Afghans. 

On behalf of the whole Sahar team, thank you for your support. We could not accompany boys on their journeys to gender allyship without you.

Gratefully, 

Ginna
Executive Director
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Dear Friend of Sahar, 

Thank you for being part of Sahar Education’s work! We know that this is not an easy time and we are exceptionally grateful for your support. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on this last year of school for many students around the world, including Afghanistan. With schools closed from March to August in response to the pandemic, we worked with our team to switch to a virtual method of instruction for our Men as Partners in Change (MPC) Program. Through WhatsApp, we shared video-recorded lessons, engaged with students, and disseminated public health information during Afghanistan’s lockdown. 

Yasir is one student who graduated from MPC’s remote course. He says that his biggest concern during the lockdown was not being able to go to school, feeling depressed, and being separated from his friends. By taking MPC via Whatsapp, Yasir was able to keep learning and engaged with program instructors and other students. “I learned my rights and, at the same time, women's rights. I understood that human rights are not restricted to men but for all human beings. The last session, which was about community engagement, motivated me to do community service and join a non-profit organization as a volunteer to take part in the development of my community,” he says.

As schools reopened in late August, we began working in two new schools in and around Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan: Khalid Bin Walid High School and Hazrat Nouman High School. With over 3,000 boys studying at the school, we’re looking forward to engaging with these new communities. We’re particularly excited about working with these new schools because their students represent Afghanistan’s many ethnic identities including Pashtun, Hazara, Tajik, and Uzbek. In this sense, our classrooms will not only be a space where boys learn to become better gender allies, but also a safe place to interact with diversity. 

As we look forward, we will continue our transformative gender work in-person. To ensure the safety of our students and teachers, we are providing face masks, hand sanitizer, and requiring temperature checks before students can enter our classrooms. In light of COVID-19, we see promoting gender equality and girls’ education as all the more important. By helping boys rethink gender stereotypes and the role of girls and women in Afghan society, we are promoting a bright future for all Afghans. 

On behalf of the whole Sahar team, thank you for your support. We could not accompany boys on their journeys to gender allyship without you.

Gratefully, 

Ginna

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Sophia Alhadeff
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