Education in Afghanistan
Afghans aged 37 and under have seen nothing but war.
- Afghanistan currently has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world.
- More than two-thirds of Afghans over 15 years old are illiterate.
- Over 13 million boys and girls are school-age children under 15 years of age.
- Because of overcrowded schools, students have to attend classes on a rotation basis. Many schools lack adequate supplies.
- Primary school-aged children receive on average only 3 hours of school each day.
- In spite of class rotation, the average student-teacher ratio is 46.6 students per classroom.
- Teachers are under-qualified. Only 32% of Afghan teachers meet the minimum requirement for a fully qualified teacher. (UNICEF South Asia 2014.) According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Education, 80% of the country’s 165,000 teachers have the equivalent of a high-school education or did not complete their post-secondary studies.
- As a consequence, teachers depend on rote education, providing limited or no opportunity for children to develop critical thinking or in-depth comprehension.
- There are approximately three times more boys attending school than girls.
A child’s early experiences are really important: they provide the scaffold onto which she pegs her view of the world, her dreams, goals and expectations. By ‘repatriating’ their own traditional stories as beautifully illustrated books, Hoopoe provides stories offering hope, peace, encouragement and inspiration for these war-torn children – as well as the opportunity to experience the magic of reading.
Please help us give each child a set of these wonderful stories to help them imagine and strive for a future without war.
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