Your generous and long standing support positively impacts the lives of the girls Sahar serves, everyday! Thanks to your donations, our program in Early Marriage Prevention educates and expands aware of girls’ rights. Our coding project encourages more girls enter into the technology field. Our teacher training program continues to expand and helps launch the teaching careers of rural women. These programs help girls realize their dreams and is making significant changes in their life stories.
Early Marriage Prevention Program (EMPP) update: We are currently working with two schools, Hashim Barat and Qary Fathullah. Our recent graduates of EMPP were 8th and 9th graders. This was the fifth round of the Early Marriage Prevention Program in both schools, totally in 214 graduates. The students from these schools come to the EMPP sessions with great enthusiasm and curiosity to learn, which makes the session much more fun to teach.
“I This program helped me realize that we Afghan girls have extraordinary abilities. Afghan girls are so brave and able to defend our human rights and to fight for sexual equality through education.”
Sara 15, 10th grade
Hashim Barat High School
Coding Program Update: This program at Gowhar Khatoon Girls High School is six months long and offered twice a year. Girls from Gowhar Khatoon are more mature and ambitious than girls from other schools which is the result of Sahar’s deep roots in the community. This school is known for the levels of achievements of its students upon graduation. This is a direct result of Sahar’s coding program. Many private software companies, banks, news broadcasters, and women’s organizations give priority to graduates of the Sahar coding program because of their excellent computer skills. This has changed family dynamics as well. As more women enter the technology field, their earning rises exponentially which in turn impacts women’s decision making and authority in families. Families encourage their daughters to get higher education and make a career rather than marrying them off. These new trends are made possible by your generous donations and continuous support to Sahar!
Beheshta is a 10th grade student in Gowhar Khatoon and one of the coding class participants. She says this coding class is an asset for girls who seek careers in technology. Through this class, she has been able to achieve her dream of making her own website. “I have made a website entitled “Poor Children in Afghanistan” and the reason behind this was that I wanted to somehow help Afghan poor children who work on the streets at a time when they should only focus on their education. I can confidently say that when I upload my website on the internet people will contribute in helping these poor children by realizing the tough life they undergo.”
Beheshta, 15, 10th grade
Gowhar Khatoon High School
Teacher Training Center (TTC) Update: Sahar’s Teacher training center has graduated 850 young women in Dawlat Abad, northern Afghanistan. The TTC includes new and exciting subjects into its curriculum, such as computer classes, English language, math, and science. This has further encouraged student enrollment and more families allowing their daughters to become future teachers. The center has open enrollment for the next academic year, and so far 111 students have enrolled– higher than previous years! Students are happy with the TTC center because it’s one of very few programs operating for women in their community that promises a career upon graduation. There are no universities in Dawlat Abad and it is isolated from larger cities. The roads are not safe for women to commute to the city for education. Thus, the TTC not only provides a respected and secure future for its graduates, but quality education that teaches young women to communicate remotely without having to risk their lives during their visits to the city.
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