"In a month I will start secondary school which I am really excited about. My parents are so proud of me - my mother came to the education centre to say thank you to my teachers. She was crying because of everything they have done for me" - Jameela, aged 14.
Students from our Community Based Education Centres move up to secondary school
Earlier this year, the 286 children on our Accelerated Learning Programme took their Grade Six exams, which under Afghan Law, each child must pass before graduating to secondary school.
Aged between 9 and 14, these students – two thirds of them girls – had all been out of school before joining the programme, either due to poverty, displacement or lack of opportunity.
It’s a testament to their hard work and your support that every single one of them passed; what an endorsement of all we aim to achieve together.
Jameela makes the leap
This 100% success rate achieved by the children is even more remarkable when you consider just how far some of them have come.
Take Jameela for example. At 11, she had never been to school. She couldn’t read and had never held a pen. Now, after three years’ of accelerated learning, she’s on her way to secondary school - and away from fast-shrinking horizons.
It’s a life opening up to new possibilities; a life that is likely to be happier - and healthier. That’s the kind of transformation your can kick-start.
Finding new support for our work is pivotal
We know our model of Community Based Education Centres works but we need to expand it. Two new Centres have recently opened up in the Wazir Abad area of Kabul, home to many displaced and marginalised people. There are 45 girls and 8 boys already enrolled whose education and prospects now rely on us. Now we’ve identified a third community still desperate for a Centre; your support could help us deliver it, please give what you can today.
Photo: Girls studying at one of the two new Community Based Education Centres in Afghanistan. We are seeking support to open another Centre for a third community whose out-of-school children are desperate for the chance to learn.