For young Tasal, long days spent helping his family cultivate land, raise livestock and complete other household chores were familiar and routine.
In fact, for most children in rural Afghanistan, it is expected that they will support their families’ income generating activities from a young age.
While many children are proud to help their families, spending their days at home means they are not given the opportunity to go to school and explore their passions.
Opening Classroom Doors
PWS&D’s Girls Education Project team visited villages in rural Afghanistan to facilitate meetings with village elders to explain why it is so important for parents to encourage their children’s attendance in school. The team also offered awareness sessions on child rights and gender equality.
Village leaders then held a meeting with parents in the community. They shared how upholding a child’s right to education can help girls and boys access meaningful opportunities for the future.
Among those in attendance at the meeting was Zaman, Tasal’s father.
Zaman had always worked very hard to expand his livelihood and appreciated the help of his son. But after learning about how an education could impact Tasal’s future, Zaman was inspired to help his son succeed.
“I now understand that it is not only his right to go to school but it is also my responsibility to encourage him and support him in becoming educated,” shared Zaman after the meeting. “I promise that from today onwards I will stop making Tasal work in the field and I will soon enrol him in school where he can learn to read and write.”
Two days later, Zaman registered Tasal in Grade One.
A Child’s Right to Education
While we often take education for granted, many children in the developing world never have the opportunity to go to school. Education is one of the most critical tools in breaking the cycle of poverty and contributing to the long-term development of marginalized communities.
It is also a fundamental right.
By helping parents and community leaders learn about the long-term impacts of education that may not be so visible on the surface, boys and girls are given the chance to achieve their full potential.