Help us support the operations of two mobile schools that serve nearly 500 boys and girls of all ages by them teaching basic literacy skills. High priority needs for 2022 include computer literacy training, online learning, computer equipment, literacy programs, vocational training, teacher education, health workshops for women, and maintaining strong relationships with grassroots organizations in Afghanistan.
The expected years of schooling for girls in Afghanistan is among the lowest in the world (7.2 years), and much lower than for boys (11.3 years). Unfortunately, the fall of the Islamic Republic and Taliban's takeover of the country has further halted girls' education. On March 23, 2022 the Taliban reversed their decision to open girls' schools and continued the ban on girls' education above grade 6 indefinitely. Millions of girls are now banned from schools and long to resume their education.
We must address the lack of hope and opportunity that encourages people to join groups like the Taliban. In Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn make a compelling case for putting the education of girls at the top of the list of efforts to do so. And private citizens are much more capable of making a difference than the military or other government agencies. Your donations help Sahar continue to provide access to education to girls and women in Afghanistan.
With Afghanistan's current political climate in mind, Sahar is partnering with grassroots organizations in the country to support them in providing educational opportunities for girls and women. Collaborating with grassroots organizations will not only empower Afghan youth but will also ensure the sustainability of our work in promoting girls' education.
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