One of the truly wonderful benefits of living in this country is that everyone, regardless of their situation in life, has access to education. Sadly, that is not the case in many parts of the world.
The good news is that there are many organizations that have taken it as their mission to create educational opportunities for those who need it most. One such organization is Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.
The organization was established almost two decades ago to work toward improving conditions of human rights, ending women’s oppression, and providing opportunities for Afghan women to live their lives with dignity, certainty and purpose.
Educating girls in Afghanistan and around the world is an issue I care deeply about and that is why the Tariq Farid Foundation recently gave a $20,000 grant to the organization for its teacher training program in Afghanistan.
Since the fall of the Taliban, student enrollment in Afghanistan has dramatically increased as has the need for training the nation’s teachers.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Janice Eisenhauer, Canadian Women For Women In Afghanistan set a goal to raise $2 million by 2018 to support teacher education in Afghanistan. They are well over the halfway mark toward this goal.
At a cost of only $400 per teacher, the organization’s Teacher Training for Afghanistan program provides quality teacher education as well as supplementary supplies to reinforce the teachers’ professional development. This includes equipping schools with School Starter Kits of one science lab kit—which includes over 130 items—and one library kit of 500 books.
The grant from the Tariq Farid Foundation will enable 50 teachers to receive training in both subject matter and teaching methods.
The future of Afghanistan — any country, for that matter — depends on an educated population and workforce. Giving girls a chance to succeed by providing them with skilled teachers is a cause all of us with the Tariq Farid Foundation are very proud to support.