20 12, 2018

Gender Equality in Afghan Education: Building a new start for a nation in turmoil

2019-01-07T13:02:02+00:00December 20th, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

We want the education by which character is formed, the strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.

– Swami Vivekananda

At first glance, Afghanistan’s education system is struggling. The country has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, with current estimates of less than one-third of adults able to read and write. For women, the numbers are even bleaker: an average of just 17% of women are literate, compared to 45% of men.

On paper, gender equality in Afghanistan is moot; legally, Afghan women […]

14 12, 2018

Improving Girls’ Education in Developing Countries: Creating a Better Future, One Life at a Time

2019-01-04T15:12:57+00:00December 14th, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

The plight of uneducated women in developing countries has thousands of faces. But with so many people in need, those unique stories are often overwhelmed by reports and statistics. In countries with war-torn histories, economic instabilities, widespread poverty, geographical remoteness, and lack of infrastructure, it’s all too common for the struggles of daily life to overshadow the importance of education. Central Asia Institute believes that shifting the course of a nation’s future begins with changing the individual lives of the girls and women who call it home. Such change has the greatest impact in the form of education.

“Women share this […]

4 12, 2018

Girls’ Access to Education: Bringing the First Schools to Remote Villages

2019-01-04T15:01:21+00:00December 4th, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates and the second-largest out-of-school population worldwide. The greatest impacts of those missed educational opportunities are felt by Pakistan’s girls and women — especially in outlying, mountainous areas of the country. Widespread poverty, early marriage norms, and a lack of safe or accessible school infrastructure create stark inequalities in girls’ access to education; in rural Balochistan, for example, the female literacy rate is a shocking 2%.

Instabilities in Pakistan’s social and political landscapes pull limited government resources away from areas like education. Over the past decade and a half, […]

26 11, 2018

Giving Tuesday: Funding Education with Gratitude and Generosity

2018-12-18T14:26:26+00:00November 26th, 2018|Programs|0 Comments

The spirit of giving is grounded in gratitude. Throughout the holiday season, we take stock of our lives and our world—the good, the difficult, the beautiful and the hard. And inspired by the good, in spite of the difficult, we give. It truly takes a grateful heart to give generously. When we appreciate what we have, we understand the importance of sharing it.

This Giving Tuesday, in the spirit of generosity, Central Asia Institute invites you to change the world through the education of girls and women. Communities near and far are suffering division, violence, loss, and fear, but there is […]

26 10, 2018

To Risk Nothing is to Have Nothing

2018-10-26T11:35:12+00:00October 26th, 2018|Programs|10 Comments

By Sa’adia Khan

Before leaving for a photojournalism assignment I write a letter to my children. The hope is that I will return to dispose of the letter myself, but there is a real chance that I will not. As a photojournalist, working in developing countries, I fully appreciate the imminent dangers of certain regions; travel to these areas can be riddled with challenges such as landslides, flooding, and landmines. In one of my first assignments I was commissioned to travel to FATA [Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area], when my then 13-year-old son, asked me if it was safe to go […]

10 10, 2018

What’s cooking in Afghanistan? One woman’s struggle to work

2018-10-10T20:25:53+00:00October 10th, 2018|Programs|1 Comment

With more than 60 percent of its population currently under the age of 25, Afghanistan is on the verge of a crisis. Millions of young people are preparing to enter the workforce in the next decade. Yet, training opportunities that would prepare them for this important transition are almost nonexistent. The question is, will they be ready when the time comes? The United Nations and development organizations around the world want to make sure that they are.

Today is International Day of the Girl Child and this year’s theme is A Skilled GirlForce. Championed by the United Nations, the day marks […]

28 09, 2018

PART II: Crippling Drought Grips War-Torn Afghanistan

2018-09-30T14:00:44+00:00September 28th, 2018|Afghanistan|0 Comments

Last week, Alice Thomas spoke with us about the ongoing drought that has taken hold of Afghanistan. In part two of the conversation, she explains the direct impact of drought on education and migration. Hannah White (HW): What do our readers need to know about drought and education?

Alice Thomas (AT): It’s challenging enough for girls to get to school in rural Afghanistan, but in times of drought it becomes harder for them. And it becomes so much more important to have more robust funding for education to help cover families’ out-of-pocket costs in […]

23 09, 2018

Part I: Crippling Drought Grips War-Torn Afghanistan

2018-09-27T14:50:20+00:00September 23rd, 2018|Afghanistan|1 Comment

Afghanistan is in crisis. Already plagued by seemingly endless war, more than two-thirds of the country is now experiencing the effects of a crippling drought.  Some sources are calling it “the worst drought in decades”[1] and UNICEF estimates 500,000 children are affected by the disaster[2].

Alice Thomas is an expert on situations like this. In 2010, Alice joined Refugees International to launch the Climate Displacement Program, bringing with her over a decade of experience in international development and environmental law and policy. The goal of the program is to advocate for solutions to address the increasing impact […]

12 08, 2018

Women’s Empowerment through Education

2018-08-12T16:51:18+00:00August 12th, 2018|Programs|4 Comments

Gaining the Power of Choice in Central Asia

We don’t usually spend time considering the impacts of human choice unless our power to choose for ourselves is taken away. But for many young women living in Central Asia, the right to choose how their lives unfold was never an option. Whether dictated by culture, circumstance, family, or poverty, their paths are often already set. These young women may never make their own decisions about their career, their spouse, or even how they spend their days.

It’s all too common for women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan to surrender their chance for […]

31 07, 2018

Pakistan Facts and Figures

2018-07-31T15:01:11+00:00July 31st, 2018|Scholarships|0 Comments

A Developing South Asian Nation with Rich History

The country of Pakistan sits on the edge of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman, between India, Afghanistan, Iran, and China. From its coastal waters, a diverse geography covers deserts and forests all the way to the epic 8,000 meter peaks of the Karakoram, Hindu Kush, Himalaya, and Pamir mountains. The name Pakistan means ‘land of the pure’ in Urdu, one of the country’s official languages and one of 60 spoken by its citizens. With a population of 200,813,818, it is currently the world’s […]