Girls in Afghanistan going to school
My name is Tahmina* and I’m 17 years old. I am the first girl in my family who has been given the opportunity to go to school. I live in Nangarhar province, in north east Afghanistan with my family. Thanks to your generous support I have been able to attend the local girls high school near my home. I’m now in grade 11.
Many people used to believe that education is not good for girls and that they should not attend any gatherings where men are present. Now it is much better and it is easier for us to go to school as our parents understand the importance of education for girls.
My perception on the role of women in our society changed when I attended a summer camp for girls my age, which was held at high school. Here I took part in a three-day course organised by Community World Service Asia, Act for Peace’s partner here in Afghanistan.
I was so excited to learn about human rights, child rights, gender equality, leadership, democratic government and election processes on this course. Gaining an understanding of these things encouraged me to think differently. I’ve also decided to take part socially and politically in civil society as soon as I complete my education.
Here in Afghanistan women can face cultural barriers such as early marriage or forced marriage, which often means they miss out on an education. I have had to fight the mindset that girls who engage in social and political activities have a questionable character.
I have been passing on my knowledge to my brothers and sisters as well as my parents. Even though it was a slow and difficult task, my parents have started to acknowledge that men and women have their own roles and responsibilities in society. It makes me really happy to hear my father tell people: “Tahmina is one of the most intelligent girls in our family and I am proud of her.”
Thank you for making my education possible.
*We have changed Tahmina’s name to protect her identity as a minor.
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Rural communities in Afghanistan often lack qualified teachers and resources, which in turn affects the quality of education and results in lower school attendance. Act for Peace’s partner in Afghanistan, Community World Service – Asia (CWS-A), works with local communities to increase access to primary school education for girls, deliver quality teaching and an improved school environment.
Thanks to your kind gifts, thousands of female students have gained an education and your support has provided hundreds of teachers with the skills needed for students to thrive in the classroom.
Through your support, CWS-A is able to work closely with the government’s Education Department and school administration to provide teacher training, classroom materials, and equipment for subjects such as science and mathematics.
Once teachers have training and resources, they are able to develop lesson plans that promote a positive learning environment. The result is higher school attendance and improved grades.
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