In many communities in Afghanistan, little value is placed on education and literacy for girls and women. In these communities, PWS&D is working with our local partners to increase the value placed on women and girls accessing education.
Part of ensuring girls access education is making sure that girls who are currently attending school stay in school. A lack of resources and qualified teachers inhibits the quality of education and results in lower school attendance.
A student shares how learning math, chemistry and physics was a continual challenge because of the way teachers taught the subjects. “All we could do was memorize everything to pass the exams because the teachers just gave lectures.”
By training teachers in new and improved educational practices, the program is helping keep more girls in school. As a result, classrooms have become more child-centred—improving both attendance and the quality of education.
The same student shares that when their first chemistry class of the year started, the students were prepared for the same method of teaching they had always experienced. But they noticed a change right from the beginning when the teacher used a very different way of reviewing the previous year’s material. The activity used was fun and interactive—an effective way to help them recall previous lessons.
Returning to school the following day, they weren’t sure what to expect, but the lessons just got more and more interesting as the teacher focused on using practical methods to convey the material, rather than simply lecturing.
Nahida is a teacher who received the training and doubted how helpful it would be. “I thought that this training would be boring, but as soon as it started I realized that I was completely wrong. It was very interesting and very useful for us. It was interactive and participatory.”
The students also noticed a difference with their math teacher—she was more active in the classroom and worked hard to involve the students in the lessons. And in the past, when she would have simply lectured—whether students understood the concepts or not—she now takes the time to simplify concepts to ensure everyone understands.
As well as training teachers to improve the quality of education, PWS&D’s girls education program trains teachers to build lessons that help girls learn about their rights and gain confidence. Through this program, girls in Afghanistan are staying in school and receiving a better quality education—empowering them and helping to create active and engaged citizens.
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