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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Fanoos/Lantern: Teacher Training for Afghanistan

Fanoos/Lantern: Teacher Training for Afghanistan
Locations: Kapisa, Laghman, Panjshir, Parwan, Kandahar, Herat and Kabul Provinces

The goal of our Fanoos/Lantern Fund: Teacher Education for Afghanistan Program is to provide training for 1,000 in-service teachers each year, half of whom will be female, in rural Afghanistan. The teachers registered in the program are trained in active learning methods, as opposed to traditional rote learning. Their training has a heavy emphasis on hands-on math and science as well as student-centred social studies and language learning, utilizing highly qualified Afghan Master Teacher Trainers. Upon successful completion of training, teachers are certified by the Afghan Ministry of Education and, as a result, are eligible for a salary increase as certified teachers.

CW4WAfghan has been working in Afghanistan, with a focus on the education sector, since 1996, and will bring to this project its experience, networks and team on the ground to ensure a successful outcome. Our experience has been that intensively training teachers in both methods (pedagogy) and subject matter is one of the most powerful ways to increase the quality of the public education system, and greatly improves learning outcomes among students. It is especially important that we address the urgent need for trained teachers in rural areas.

The project goal is to raise learning outcomes by improving the quality of public secondary school education in target locations, contributing to Afghanistan’s long-term human development objectives by investing in the country’s human capital. Specific target outcomes include enhanced performance among trained teachers in pedagogical skill and in subject knowledge; enhanced pedagogical performance among trained teacher educators; participating schools equipped with resources that enable application of the training methods, including school science labs and school libraries; and the capacity development of school administrators in participating schools.

The budget for the annual cost of training 1,000 teachers is estimated at $400,000, which averages  $400 per teacher trainee. This amount includes the cost of basic training and numerous supplementary activities to reinforce the teachers’ professional development, including the equipping of all participating schools with School Starter Kits: one modest science lab and one mini library to provide the necessary resources for engaging students in active, hands-on learning.

For more details on the annual progress of this program, view the updated program reports below and our annual ANNUAL REPORTS.

In 2001, under the Taliban, there were no girls in public school, and less than 100,000 studying in home-based clandestine schools. Now there are over four million girls attending school, and ample evidence of a great thirst among girls and women for education. CW4WAfghan has been working to respond to this demand to improve the quality of education for women and girls, since 1996. While great strides have been made in enrolment and school construction or rehabilitation, still an estimated 68% of the estimated 170,000 teachers in the public school system in Afghanistan have never been formally trained as teachers. The public education system depends on them, yet many have no post-secondary education and some have not completed high school, though may be teaching at a high school level. This results in an extremely low quality of instruction and consequentially poor achievement among students.

Ultimately, it is well trained teachers who are most urgently needed in order to increase educational opportunities for women and girls in Afghanistan. As decades of international development policy and practice have revealed, when you educate a female student you contribute to the education of the whole society.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

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