Immersed in lessons in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Imagine you are an eight-year-old girl who lives in a small province of Afghanistan. You keep all your notebooks and pencils in a secret place like treasure. You walk to school every day, just a short distance from your home. At school, you play with your friends and study subjects from science to language. You work hard, determined to become a teacher with your own classroom full of children one day.
You are the girl effect that BRAC wants to trigger in Afghanistan with its education program. BRAC connects marginalized girls with educational resources, teaches and develops new skills, and improves their access to opportunities. For example, the primary education provided by BRAC community-based schools helps girls transition to government schools, community secondary schools, or vocational centers. In all, since our last report, more than 30,000 girls have made that transition, enrolling in 300 government schools.
The program has also provided more than 7,500 adolescent girls with access to a non-traditional education that enhances learning through discussion and play. Across more than 250 community-based secondary schools, students are also taught core subjects, such as mathematics, English, biology, chemistry and physics.
BRAC ensures the quality of these schools by training the educators first, in the process engaging more than 500 female teachers and 600 student organizers. In addition, BRAC incorporates co-curricular activities such as debate, mentoring, art and personal health. As a result, girls not only thrive academically, but they also develop empowering qualities such as self-esteem and leadership.
Finally, the project’s core interventions address poverty in Afghanistan by providing stipends to children of extremely poor families, alleviating financial burdens so that they can focus on learning. The program also addresses other challenges that can hamper learning. For example, schools are built within each community, minimizing the distance students must walk from home to get to school.
As our kindness enables us to put ourselves in each other’s shoes, our imagination nurtures our ability to hope. And so, with one more girl after another in school, this incredible effect ripples forward. Thank you for your commitment. We look forward to sharing more reports with you.
The project operates across 10 provinces.