An Afghan student in a BRAC community school.
Thanks to your support over the last four years, the Girl Effect is in full force in Afghanistan! Marginalized and out-of-school girls in rural communities are gaining access to education and thriving within community-based schools. They enjoy active roles in co-curricular activities, greater confidence and increased engagement in their own learning.
Since 2012, BRAC has established 1,670 schools for girls and provided access to an education to close to 50,000 girls. Just 1.9 percent of girls left school, while almost 9,000 girls graduated, of which two-thirds have continued their education in government schools or vocational centers. In a country where less than a quarter of students complete lower secondary education, this is an important achievement.
You also helped train more than 4,000 girls as mentors. This group of girls has shown outstanding leadership qualities and a growing level of self-esteem. That has had a positive impact on the other girls, especially their 36,000 mentees, who benefit from academic and peer support.
Another key element of the program is the stipend provided to girls from extremely poor families. The students who receive this stipend have previously left school because their families could not afford to provide them an education. About 6,000 girls received a stipend and, after returning to school, they had consistently better attendance and a high level of academic achievement. The stipend program also had a positive impact on families and communities, as they began to recognize the influence that education had on their children.
As this project comes to a close, you have made possible the following accomplishments:
- 2,000 teachers were trained in pedagogy and content for English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
- 4,023 student mentors were trained to support 35,949 girls in their education
- 6,000 girls from extremely poor families are back in school after receiving a stipend to reenroll
- 25 school buildings were constructed to improve learning environments in government schools
However, BRAC is excited to share that it will continue to power the Girl Effect in Afghanistan for another eight years through the continuation of our community-based education program. It will sustain and expand the Girls’ Education Challenge in ten provinces to reach over 200,000 more girls, and mobilize more resources for future education projects for Afghan girls.
BRAC will also continue working with the Afghan Ministry of Education to meet its goal of universal enrollment for children aged 7 to 15. Thank you for investing in girls’ in Afghanistan. With your continued support, more girls will grow up empowered with an equitable education.
Your support made possible