Early Marriage Prevention Program
Thank you for your support of Sahar Education! Because of your generosity, girls in Balkh province, Northern Afghanistan, have the opportunity to continue their education! When you support Sahar, you ensure projects like our Early Marriage Prevention Program continue. Hear what Bibi Hamida, an 8th grade graduate of the program, has to say about the impact the program had on her:
“Before the Early Marriage Prevention Program started in our school, we weren’t aware of women’s rights or human rights. When I joined this program, I learned about my rights as a woman and I learned how early marriage is harmful for young girls in our country. We didn’t know that. Now I know that women in Afghanistan can be politicians and serve their country. We are so grateful that Sahar has this program to educate girls about their rights. Most importantly this program is run by women which is very inspiring, because they educate women about important issues that are often ignored in Afghanistan. I would like Sahar to expand this program to other schools and to other provinces as well. People in Afghanistan need to know about early marriage and stop child marriage.”
Life for girls in Afghanistan remains difficult. Two-thirds of Afghan girls do not currently attend school. Only 24% of female students are literate compared to 52% of males. Harmful cultural traditions, gender inequality, limited awareness of rights, and weak law enforcement contribute to early marriage practices that contribute to the staggering reality that 57% of Afghan girls are still married before the legal age of 16.
The goal of our Early Marriage Prevention Program is to keep girls out of early marriage and in school. Its thirteen module curriculum, which covers important topics such as Human Rights, Mental health, and overall confidence, chips away at the realities that pull girls out of school and seeks to empower them to take an active role in decisions related to their education.
To date, over 900 girls have graduated from our program, a program taught, lead, and created by Afghan women, for Afghan women. As we step into our fourth year of the Early Marriage Prevention program, support is still needed. Girls at the schools we work in want and demand the skills and lessons the program offers.
Plus, your support goes even further than preventing early marriage and supports more amazing Sahar projects! Thanks to you:
- Over 25,000 girls are educated in Sahar-built schools each year
- 4,057 girls have been trained in our computer centers to date
- 160 women have been trained in our teacher training center
We couldn’t do it without you. Thank YOU for making a difference in the lives of Afghans girls today!
Graduation of Early Marriage Prevention Program!