Afghan girls lack access to education for complex reasons, including societal expectations; long, dangerous journeys to school; and a shortage of female teachers. In almost half of the country, there are no qualified female teachers. Though girls are, in theory, free to go to school, they are blocked at almost every turn by militant attacks, lack of adequate facilities, and even by parents who are reluctant to break from tradition. The result is a glaring disparity in enrollment based on gender.
This project will ensure equitable access to quality education in Afghanistan by establishing community-based schools, training a local female teacher for each school, and developing the capacity of thousands of government school teachers. These teachers will provide primary and secondary education to over 100,000 children, of which 80% will be girls. BRAC believes that focusing on women and girls is a critical component to achieving development goals and alleviating poverty.
This project will bring the Afghan Ministry of Education closer to its goal of universal enrollment for children aged 7 to 15. When a girl is educated, she is more likely to continue education, more likely to delay marriage and motherhood, and she increases her lifetime earning potential. When an educated girl becomes a mother, she is better able to take care of her family. This is the girl effect in action.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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