Girls’ Education in Afghanistan
At Central Asia Institute, our mission is to empower communities of Central Asia through literacy and education, especially for girls, to promote peace through education; and to convey the importance of these activities globally. This includes girls education in Afghanistan, where we operate in 16 provinces and have completed 206 projects to date. This includes activities such as building schools, providing educational supplies, promoting vocational centers, supporting teachers, providing scholarships, and aiding in public health. Including Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan we have supported over 400 education projects over the last 20 years, and have changed hundreds of thousands of lives for the better.
Why Women’s Education Matters in Afghanistan
We know that until children, especially girls, are educated, societies won’t change. Education is the antidote for ignorance, poverty, and war.
- 71% of children out of school in Afghanistan are females, compared to 28% of males
- Only 32% of adult females (ages 15-24) are literate, compared to 61% male adults
- At least a quarter of Afghan children between ages 5 and 14 work for a living or to help their families.
- Over 90% of Kuchi children (Afghan nomads) did not go to school in 2005.
When CAI began its work in 1996, there was nothing to follow, no formula for doing this kind of work in these areas, and no infrastructure to support it. Central Asia Institute pioneered a process to bring together disparate groups with varying agendas within these regions around a singular objective – the education of their children.
The success of CAI’s process hinges on community involvement. CAI believes in the strength of neighbors pitching in together for the common good. We only go where we’re invited, serving the neediest people in the “Last Best Places.” Our projects are, by design, initiated by a community request. We build relationships first.
How You Can Support Women’s Education in Afghanistan
There are many ways to show your support for girls’ education in Afghanistan. Every action you take makes a difference, whether it’s sharing facts about education with others, hosting a presentation about Central Asia Institute at your local church, rotary club, or book club, or supporting us while you’re shopping on Amazon or other online stores that support nonprofit organizations. If you have other creative suggestions please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-585-7841.