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Education is a key component to a successful life — but unfortunately it’s not attainable for millions of people around the world, especially women. Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is an amazing organization that does phenomenal work to ensure that as many women as possible have access to good education.
From investing in basic education to important technology, this not-for-profit is all about providing for these women and girls in Afghanistan. One of their focuses is the Fatema Tul Zahra Girls School in Kabul, which serves around 300 vulnerable girls from poor and disadvantaged families, internally displaced families, and single parent households. CW4WA provides funding to cover ALL salaries, healthcare services, clothing, school supplies, and fuel for heat and cooking meals.
These young female students could not afford to go to public school with the costs of uniforms and books, and cannot travel outside of their community to attend other schools.
The FTZ School is unique in that the teachers are well qualified (holding Bachelor’s degrees or having graduated from a teacher training college), and use active learning methodology in their teaching—avoiding use of more common methods used in Afghan classrooms like rote memorization and lecture. The children attend classes each day for grades 1-9. Some take vocational courses after school, which provide the girls with marketable skills toward viable livelihoods to help their families rise out of poverty, including courses in English, computers and tailoring. There is a small library in the school to provide the students with more opportunities for reading, employment and learning. The goal is to ensure that all the girls who study at the school have brighter futures ahead of them.