THE LANTERN FUND
The Lantern Fund is a special campaign to raise funds to sustain our Teacher Training program in Afghanistan. Since 2008, CW4WAfghan has been training in-service teachers in Afghanistan. An estimated 70% of Afghan teachers currently working in classrooms have had little to no previous teacher training and most also have no post-secondary education of any kind. Many have not even completed high school. The lack of trained male and female teachers directly affects girls’ access to school and is detrimental to the quality of education.
The Lantern: Teacher Education for Afghanistan Program is providing training for 1,000 in-service teachers each year, half of whom are female, in rural Afghanistan. These teachers will reach an estimated 50,000 students each year. The project objective is to train teachers 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-centered 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. Each trainee is evaluated throughout the program.
To learn more about our FANOOS [Lantern]: Teacher Training in Afghanistan Program, click here.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Please DONATE TODAY. For more information, please call 1 403 244-5625, or email Community@cw4wafghan.ca. (Please note that should our program priorities evolve or change from teacher training after 2016, any funds remaining in the LANTERN FUND will be used for our ongoing education programs.)
Lantern Fund Activities Tool Kit
If you are an educator or a supporter who may want a unique idea to help raise awareness or fundraise in your community, consider our Lantern Fund Activities Tool Kit. Each activity includes a description of how the activity can be carried out, a list of materials required, links to resources where teachers or facilitators can get instructions, patterns, supplies or ideas for planning the activity, and a list of ways the activity can be used as a fundraiser for The Lantern Fund:
Lanterns are highly symbolic, as objects that radiate light, and the metaphor of the lantern has resonance in Afghan culture and literature. CW4WAfghan is bringing that same metaphor to Canadians, and in particular, to Canadian schools, in inviting participation in the fundraising objectives of The Lantern Fund. We have created a tool kit to guide you through planning and organizing various activities making or using lanterns, that may be used for awareness-raising and educational purposes, or fundraising for The Lantern Fund, or both. These activities provide an opportunity for Canadians to engage in issues around the fight for the human right to education, girls’ access to education, the role of teachers in creating social change, and teacher education; while they can also support the goals of The Lantern Fund, and help more teachers be trained. These activities can be tied into curricula, as well as used by community groups, or just among friends for fun. Download a copy of the Lantern Fund Activities Kit HERE.