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Only 22% of teachers in Afghanistan satisfy the minimum teaching standard qualification set by the Afghan Ministry of Education
In remote areas of Afghanistan, many teachers do not have basic qualifications and may not even finished secondary school. There is a particular shortage of female teachers. Fathers are reluctant to allow their daughters to be taught by men once they reach puberty, so often girls miss out on an education.
Teacher training raises the standard of academic teaching in schools. In Worsaj our aim is to train up to 200 teachers each year. Our teacher training is largely taken up by women.
As part of our 3 year funding from the M.C.C. we will be bulding up to 6 cricket pitches in schools every year. From these schools we aim to train 40 teachers so they can coach cricket to the children they teach.
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Teacher Training update
In 2013 196 teachers were trained. The aim of the training was to broaden teachers subject knowledge and teaching methodologies in order to improve the quality of education in the schools.
Why is the funding of teacher training so important?
Teaching standards are very low in Afghanistan. In a country, where only 22% of teachers satisfy the minimum teaching standard qualification set by the Ministry of Education, it is essential that standards are raised and children benefit from a decent quality of education. In remote areas of the country, many teachers do not have basic qualifications and may not have even finished secondary school. Students often complain that their teachers do not know enough to teach them properly and in turn, this contributes to a high drop out rate. There are also very few female teachers due to poor literacy rates in women and conservative traditions in communities. Often fathers will remove their daughters from school at puberty, unless they are taught by female teachers. This is a real problem, as without female teachers, many girls will not benefit from an education at all.
How does Afghan Connection address this situation?
We offer training to teachers from Government and community-based schools through its Worsaj Education project and aims to train up to 200 teachers a year through this initiative. The teachers receive training in a range of subjects. The take up is primarily by women as job opportunities for them are scarce and they can teach both boys and girls. A further problem is that many female teachers in rural areas do not have access to teacher training, as it is usually provided only in the cities, and often families will not give permission for their women to leave the villages. We fund training on-site in schools locally in Worsaj while some training also takes place at the Swedish Committee supported Teacher training centre in Taloqan (regional centre of Takhar Province).
Predicted impact on beneficiaries
Teacher training benefits teachers, pupils and the community: the teachers will bring both education and income into the community and an increase in their numbers will see more children educated. This education will benefit all the children but especially the girls giving them the potential to improve their own economic situation and that of their families. In turn, they will also be able to pass on the benefits of education to their own children. Properly trained teachers will also bring a higher standard of education and so drop out rates should fall, whilst successful applications for further education should rise. The community will benefit from graduates with higher earning potential and ultimately from a new generation of skilled workers. The health, economic situation and prosperity of families should improve, as more women are educated.
Letter from a Teacher in Worsaj
From 1980 to 1990 there were no school buildings in Worsaj, apart from one school building which was very old and not suitable to use. Students used to study in the open air, sometimes they were using tents as their classrooms. They didn’t have any pens, books, notebooks or proper teachers.
The teachers and head teachers in Worsaj were not helped by the government at all, so therefore they sometimes used to go to Pakistan from Badakhshan in order to buy books and prepare their teaching materials. Students used to sit on the floor with no shoes and no desk or chairs. Teachers did not get paid so it was very hard to get education.
In 1991 things started to change slowly and there was a school built by the Swedish Committee, and they also provided books, notebooks and other stationary for school pupils, it was a great a great help and the teachers were also paid small amount but it was better then nothing. It was then that people started, very slowly, letting girls come to school. Now it is better than it was in the past, as we do have some classrooms and girls also attend school to get education.
We hope that our schools will receive more help and we would also like more teaching and studying materials. We also hope to educate more and more kids so that they can help to rebuild the country for a better future.
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