Street Children Back to School, Afghanistan

by Action for Development (AfD)


Ten percent of Afghanistan's school-age children work in harsh conditions to help provide for their families. Seeking a small income has not allowed them to attend school. Our project's goal is to give hope to the street children of Kabul's district 11 by allowing them to attend a semi-formal school where they can learn the basic literacy and numeracy skills necessary to improving their life in the future. The school structure will allow them to reconcile studies with their current activity.
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The legacy of decades of war in Afghanistan has led to a nationwide breakdown of social and economic structures. Poverty is the main determinant of child labour. Many families consider having no choice but to put their children to work. Aschiana, a non-governmental organization, estimated that there were 70,000 children working in 2012. A vicious circle of illiteracy and lack of skills for job opportunities is tied to the cycle of poverty, debt, vulnerability and dependence.


Our program aims to empower street children using an informal teaching system, through games and activities. During the first year of the project, we wish to give 400 street children basic literacy and numeracy skills. Donations will also go towards providing children with meals and health services, training street workers and working with families to reintroduce children into the formal education system.

Long-Term Impact

All 400 children who attend the program will gain knowledge and decision-making skills that will help them and their families leave the cycle of poverty. We hope that within the first year, 10 children will be redirected into the formal education system. The meals and healthcare provided will reduce risks of developmental problems and disease. AfD DOES NOT CONDONE CHILD LABOR, but views the empowerment of street children and families as a necessary step towards eliminating child labor in Kabul.


Action for Development's project page
US Department of Labor on Afghan Child Labor
Human Rights Watch Report

Organization Information

Action for Development (AfD)

Project Leader:
Zuhra Saifu rahman
Geneva, Geneva Switzerland

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