Education for Women as an Entry Point for Community Change
This page is still under construction. In one year, Future Generations has helped 87 village women in Jaghori with some prior education to start over 130 village literacy classes. The community provides the teaching facility, the local mosque, and pays the teacher's salary. Over 1,600 women, ages 15 and older, are now enrolled in literacy classes meeting three hours per day, six days per week.
In addition to the skills being taught, the courses offer the women a venue to gather and a forum to begin to discuss other topics of interest and concern. The next step in this program is to expand the topics taught in the courses so that the skill set offered is relevant and useful to the village women.
Future Generations is beginning to train literacy teachers in a curriculum of primary health. Women will learn basic prevention skills, which will help to significantly reduce the high rates of infant and maternal mortality in the region.
In addition to being taught material to cover these topics, an intensive teacher training program is being designed to teach the teachers to become facilitators for the formation of women's groups. These women's groups then become the first nodes of community action with women working together to address the needs and challenges in their communities.
School closed in Jaghori (Ghazni) by the Karzai Government
To Whom It May Concern;
Having lived in the U.S. for over twenty years, I have a deep appreciation for civil liberties and greatly value education. I believe that the future of Afghanistan rests on the shoulder of its youth. This is why Nine years ago I collected money from my family and friends to build a school in Afghanistan where I grew up in a small village called Jagoori in the state of Ghazni. While many schools were forcefully closed because the Taliban forbade young girls to go to school, nearly 400 girls attended the Salihi Zeerak High School. For nine years this school has been a success. It has helped over 1100 students to read and write and put 13 students in College or University. After two decades of war and taliban rule, we as Afghans need to encourage our children to go to school and advance themselves. This school has brought hope to those children when there was nothing but war and devastation. It brought hope when there was nothing but a ruined country and broken spirits.
Today there are 1,100 students at the Salihi Zeerak High School; 620 boys and 480 girls, which houses 1st through 12 grades. During the past year, 13 students graduated 12th grade and are now attending either Kabul University or the University of Pakistan. Not only has this school helped kids but it also helped Adults to read and write. There are eighty adult females that come to the morning adult schools as well.
Currently there are 35 teachers, the Principal and Vice Principal. All are high school graduates either from Kabul or Jagoori among those 4 has graduated the University of Kabul. As a result of the Salihi Zeerak High School a second school has also opened, which holds half as many students form 1st through 6th grades.
For the past five years, the taliban has given The Salihi Zeerak High School a permit to operate and the school was considered a government approved school. I have recently learned that the current government of Afghanistan under President Hamid Karzai has denied a permit to the school, which means the students who graduate cannot attend any University, at all. This school would not be considered an accredited school therefor it would not be recognized by any Universities.
In Summation, Education will give these kids hope and some new appreciation for life, a future that was far from reaching before. We all want the best for our children; these kids are not much different than any of our children. Please help us help Aghanistan. Give these children a chance; please give their school a permit.
Annual Report 2002: Health Training
Reproductive Health Training, Kabul
This project is implemented through 5 courses active in various areas that primarily provide information regarding feminine hygiene and gynecological issues that are faced frequently by women.
Each center has ten trainees that are trained by an experienced nurse. After the completion of their training period each graduating trainee is issued a kit containing some equipment and contraceptives. The trainees are expected to instruct the women in their villages about reproductive health, spacing child births, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. Contraceptives such as condoms, vials, ampoules, IUD and pills are also distributed.
The activities of the trainees is monitored through the Shuhada Clinic, Kabul.
The Summit Foundation supports the project.
Traditional Birth Assistant (TBA) Training Courses
Each clinic in Nahoor offers a TBA training course that is instructed by an experienced nurse. At the end of each training period, the 48 trainees will operate in different areas of Nahoor district, providing assistance during child delivery. In addition, they will also instruct the women of the area in regard to contraception, spacing of child births and sexually transmitted diseases. The training courses are funded by Canada Fund.
A course similar to the above but with 160 trainees is also active in Behsood. The trainees will operate in their local areas and provide reproductive health information to women. The course is supported by Omid and Solidarieta Association, Italy and monitored by a medical doctor.
Operating in conjunction with a literacy course, this program is currently active with 160 trainees in various villages of Yakawlang. At the termination of the program each trainee will be given a TBA kit so that they may assist their fellow women and also disseminate reproductive health information in the community. Omid and Solidarieta Italy supported the project.
A TBA training with 200 trainees was started in December 2002 and will be completed in March 2003. This project is also supported by Omid and Solidarieta Italy.
Reproductive Health Training, Behsood
This project operates along similar lines as the one in Jaghori but with 20 female participants and for a period of six months in the Shuhada Hospital, Behsood.
The project is assisted by a private donor.
Nurse Training Course, Behsood
Currently active in the Shuhada Hospital, Behsood, this project will train groups of closely related male and female trainees as nurses. The trainees belong to various area of the district and currently reside in he hospital for their practical training. After graduation, the nurses will be dispatched to their respective villages to operate health centers.
This course is assisted by Afghanistan Friends.
Reproductive Health Training, Jaghori
A three-month program currently active in Shuhada Hospital, Jaghori, this program will train 20 students as TBA's. After the completion of their training, each trainee will receive a TBA kit and will be assigned to assist women during child birth and also to instruct them in reproductive health issues such as contraception and child birth spacing. A medical doctor from the hospital instructs the program.
Women's Commission supports this project.