Accelerating girls’ access to a quality education and creating future leaders for Afghanistan.
“Women who have undertaken an educational path are more likely to send their children to school… They can work and contribute to the family income, sharing with their husband the burden of sustaining, economically, the family and improving the quality of their life …” – Zarmina Malalai, Senior Officer in Education, Womanity Foundation, Afghanistan
Womanity will leverage its experience and success with School in a Box to pioneer two new vocational programs designed to increase the economic opportunities of girls post graduation in Afghanistan.
“This is my dream that one day I will work for a company because my father is a IT manager … but right now during this month I am learning very good and new information and all of these topic is very interesting for me. I will try to learn more than my father and this is my hope that … I can became a good manager in a company . This training is very good for the girls because I know some of the parents don’t like for their daughters go a city course because we have lots of security problem and this is the good chance for the girls that they can learn coding training in the school.” Spin Kalai Coding Student
“My daughter is one of the members of the coding class. I am proud that my daughter can learn coding training during her school period because most of the people have economic problems so parents cannot pay the money to send their daughter for more knowledge out of the school This is a good chance for our daughters to learn more new technology information that I know will have a very good effect in their future lives.” Parent of coding student
Womanity will launch a new course leveraging Aflatoun’s proven financial literacy program. This program teaches girls to use resources wisely, become financially responsible adults and understand their role in improving communities. This program will reach over 1,600 adolescent girls in grades 7-12 in eight of Womanity’s fifteen target schools across Afghanistan.
Providing girls with improved education through School in a Box and new vocational programs such as Girls Can Code and Financial and Resource Management will improve the educational, professional and economic opportunities for young Afghan women.
Following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, under which girls in Afghanistan were excluded from education, a record number of girls have enrolled in schools for the first time. However, after more than 10 years, the Afghan education system continues to experience significant challenges, especially with regards to girls’ education. Schools suffer from systemic lack of resources, inadequate infrastructure, a chronic lack of qualified teachers and a weak monitoring system. Furthermore, they continue to be the target of attacks from insurgents and generally suffer from political and social instability. This adds up to cultural norms, such as early marriage, that prevent girls from going to school and prevents the continuation to the end of secondary education.
Under-resourced schools and cultural norms combined have a strong impact on girls’ attendance and dropout rates. For example, the lack of appropriate washing or sanitary facilities in many schools, significantly reduces attendance rates of menstruating girls; and the under-resourced sport facilities combined with the lack of compound walls prevents schools implementing physical education as girls will not play outside where they may be seen by bypassers. Finally, the lack of qualified female teachers not only represents the absence of strong role models but also creates a cycle of under-achievement with fewer girls striving for academic excellence. Meanwhile, without investment into digital technologies, connectivity and vocational training, and with few opportunities to join university, school graduates are less equipped to compete for jobs in the modern workplace and to contribute to their country’s prosperity.
The Womanity Foundation has developed a holistic 5-part model to tackle the core systemic challenges of girls’ education in Afghanistan:
Schools are enrolled for a three-year intense support program before becoming alumni of the project, and receiving adhoc support as required.
From the beginning of October to mid-December 2016, Womantiy is crowdfunding to help teach girls in Afghanistan how to code, giving them tools to transform their futures. We need your help to raise USD 18,700 in order to fund this program for academic years 2016-2017.
Every dollar donated will go to fund the “Girls Can Code” program as Womanity pledges to ensure 100% of contributions go directly to the program work. With as little as $5 you can empower 2 girls, so even the smallest donation can make a great impact.
To fund this programme and learn more about the campaign visit: www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/empower-afghan-girls-by-teaching-them-to-code?platform=hootsuite”
The Womanity Foundation has recently launched a campaign with Chime for Change (a Gucci program) and Global Giving Campaign to provide 250 much needed trained teachers to help girls in Afghanistan to become educated, to aspire and to prosper well beyond the classroom. Please donate and share, and support educational change makers in Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Education of Afghanistan (2011- on-going), Roshan Telecommunications (2012-2013), Samuel Hall (2012-on-going), Afghanistan Libre (2011-2014), UBS Optimus Foundation (2011-2015), Vitol (2014), and many other operational partners.