Afghanistan Girl’s Education

Nazir (9) in class at Charbagh-E-Safa Girls High School in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Eastern Afghanistan.

She has 5 brothers and 5 sisters who all go to school. She wants to become a doctor in the future. She said, ‘I want to become a doctor to help my country.’ She likes to play with pebbles, run and make fun. She received a schoolbag from Act for Peace which she said, ‘ I liked my schoolbag and its contents. It contained books, notebooks, pencils, pencils, crayons, rubbers, ruler and sharpener. They were really useful. ‘

(Full Video interview and transcript available. (See Word document Pro Res 422 AIFF 18-03.doc)

Thirty years of chronic instability and conflict, and the almost complete lack of educational opportunities for children under the Taliban, have had a dramatic impact on children’s education and well-being in Afghanistan. There are now 2.4 million Afghan girls enrolled in school, compared to just 5,000 in 2001. While the numbers are encouraging, Afghan girls still face many barriers to receiving an education. The quality of education is highly variable, school conditions are often poor and nearly half a million girls who are enrolled do not regularly attend school. With support from Act for Peace, CWS – P/A aims to increase and strengthen girls’ participation and their retention in education, and improve the quality of teaching and learning in primary schools in the Qarghayi district in Laghman province and Surkhrood district in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

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