A quarter of children between the age of 5-14 years old in Afghanistan are engaged in child labour (UNICEF). Exposed to poverty and abuse, forced to work on the streets in order to provide for their families, a high number of children do not attend school. AfD's project 'Street Children Back to School' aims at providing vulnerable children in the Kabul area with access to non-formal education in the form of basic literacy and numeracy skills, as well as healthcare services and daily meals.
Decades of war have led to a nationwide breakdown of social and economic structures. Poverty is the main determinant of child labour. Many families have no choice but have their children work. Illiteracy and lack of vocational skills lead to poverty, debt, vulnerability and dependence. With severe security and economic issues facing the country, the Afghan government is currently unable to provide vulnerable children with the support they need.
AfD aims at empowering vulnerable children by providing flexible schooling, primarily aimed at developing basic literacy and numeracy skills, allowing children working on the streets to have access to education. In addition to teaching, the school provides meals and access to basic healthcare. As of 2018, 201 children have been enrolled into the program. Your support would be vital in reaching a higher number of children.
Children attending the program gain the necessary skills that will help them and their families leave the cycle of poverty. At the same time, children will have the requirements to access the formal education system. The meals and healthcare services provided will reduce risks of developmental disabilities and diseases. AfD strongly supports the empowerment of vulnerable children and their families as a necessary step towards the elimination of child labour.