"I am no longer ashamed because I do not know."
In Afghanistan, it is estimated that only one in three girls will complete her primary education. This project set out to empower women and girls by triggering ‘the girl effect’: training female teachers, creating safe spaces for adolescents, and educating primary school girls who otherwise would not receive an education.
With your support, BRAC has made great progress to create opportunities for Afghan girls. With help from funding partners, BRAC has created 1670 community based girls’ schools and enrolled more than 50,000 marginalized girls. This is no small feat. In many Afghan communities, one of the biggest challenges girls face is mobility. To go to BRAC schools, girls don’t have to leave their villages, which helps minimize the security threat and calms worried parents. In addition, BRAC teachers foster creative thinking through modern pedagogies to teach language, literacy, numeracy, science and religion. In a region where rote memorization is usually the norm, these colorful, cheerful schools foster early childhood development and playful learning.
To help adolescents who have dropped out of school, BRAC has a stipend program as well as a peer-mentoring program to give girls support and education opportunities. By the close of this project, BRAC will provide stipends to 6,000 girls who have dropped out of school so they can re-enter government schools. BRAC has already trained 4,000 mentors who each run a girls' club that creates a safe space for adolescents to learn about health issues and life skills.
One of the biggest successes BRAC had this year was a storytelling competition for girls from its primary schools. The aim of the competition was to foster students’ communication skills, enhance public speaking skills, develop positive reading habits and improve students’ awareness about personal health and hygiene, history and culture. The event was a huge success.
“We are committed to the Afghan people and international community to provide education for those who do not have access to education, and this project is one of them,” said Mr. Ghulam Jelani Hamayun the deputy minister for Academic Affairs of the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan.
See the attached link to read more about the storytelling competition.
BRAC is grateful to supporters for providing opportunities for Afghan girls eager for an education.