Scholarships for Afghan Women and Girls

by Creating Hope International (CHI)
Scholarships for Afghan Women and Girls
Scholarships for Afghan Women and Girls
Scholarships for Afghan Women and Girls
Scholarships for Afghan Women and Girls
Scholarships for Afghan Women and Girls
Scholarships for Afghan Women and Girls

A number of the private school scholarship students are part of the special two year Leadership Class with is supported by AIL. There are 15 girls in the class.

In the past month, they learned about time, time management, the importance of being on time, efficient leadership, effectiveness, risk management and vision.  Twice a month the students discuss current topics from the world or their lives and school. World Peace Day was discussed in December and the role of youth in peace. Students brainstormed ways to establish peace in their communities and how to improve the situation. The youth all committed to learn from the mistakes of today’s leaders and to work to improve things.

The youth went on a field trip to one of AIL’s Learning Centers, a district of Herat City. The students talked with staff and students at the center and learned about the problems faced by the community and what the LCs do to help. In the English section the students are checked weekly and have month long plans to follow. Regular evaluations are conducted and most recently it was found 95% of the youth would pass to the next level.

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CHI provides scholarships to students attending private schools in Herat and Kabul. The program also gives scholarships to students at universities in the two cities.

The university scholarships usually last between 12 and 22 months with some as long as 40 months. Currently there are 4 Herat based students (3 female) attending 4 different universities and 4 Kabul based students (2 female) at 4 universities in that city.

The Herat students are studying computer science and literature, management, economics and management and computer science. A couple of these students are also employees of the Afghan Institute of Learning. The Kabul students are studying for degrees in law and political science, law, and economics. 

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The scholarship girls at the Yacoobi Private Schools in Herat and Kabul receive a comprehensive education. They are encouraged to express themselves through art, prose, poetry and public speaking. The goal of the education at the schools is to produce well rounded individuals who are equipped mentally and emotionally for the modern world.

Art is an important subject in the curriculum. Children love the art classes whether painting, model making or drawing. Painting is an important cultural tradition in Afghanistan especially the specialized form of miniature painting and ornate calligraphy. AIL works to introduce children to the wealth of cultural history of their country including traditional arts and crafts. Art is self-expression but it also develops children’s observation and focus skills, appreciation for shade and light and color. Staff believe engaging in art also helps children with mental health as it is restful for them in a busy day and in a society that has so much strife and violence.

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Twelve students are working in teams on apps to use as entries in this year’s Technovation Challenge. This contest is for girls and encourages them to get involved in coding and the world of computing. The girls are 14 years old.

Team one has two students and they are creating an app called Music Club that uses Afghan musical instruments and is part academic and part cultural education.

Team two has four students and their app is called Keep Clean and provides information on how to keep the environment clean. It is useful for all people and is especially aimed at the primary school aged children so they will learn from an early age about being responsible for the environment.

Team three has 4 students and their app provides information of what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

The mentor said, “The groups are working on class activities like business plans, presentations, pitch videos and demos. They will upload their work on the Technovation Challenge site and compete online this year.” 

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There are many needy young Afghan girls who would like to attend a quality school. Unfortunately, there are just not enough places and many private schools are too expensive for poor people. CHI provides scholarships to help girls in this situation. Girls get assistance with books, tuition and uniforms in schools in Herat and Kabul. Quite simply, enrolling in a quality school changes lives, giving girls the advantages that good education provides.

The private school run by Dr. Yacoobi provides students with a rounded education in academics, the arts, sports and spiritual/philosophical and life skills learning.  As one teacher said, “Music classes give students the opportunity to challenge their abilities and to discover and promote their talents. They work with various musical instruments and singing getting technical music skill learning and providing the students with a time of self- expression, calmness and solace that comes from music. Instruments available include: guitar, piano, keyboard and voice. Singing includes cultural songs and all can be involved in performances at school events and public ceremonies.”

Thank you for your continued support for young people which enables them to get a good education.

CHI working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Creating Hope International (CHI)

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
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