Fanoos/Lantern: Teacher Education for Afghanistan
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 more than 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.
Today, CW4WAfghan is delivering activities aimed at strengthening Afghanistan’s teacher colleges to provide the highest quality of education possible for the country’s future teachers, especially women, who constitute the majority of students in teacher colleges today.
For 2018-2022, our teacher education goals are focused on:
Building the capacity of leadership in the teacher education system
Helping teachers teach reading and writing, increasing children’s literacy
Developing critical thinking skills in teachers and students
Improving access to learning resources at teacher colleges
In 2018/19, we are working on the fourth goal, improving access to learning resources at teacher colleges, by establishing or improving the libraries in teacher colleges, installing the Darakht-e Danesh digital library in campus computer labs, and develop and delivering a librarianship training curriculum for teacher college librarians. To learn more about how you can help support these activities, visit The Lantern Fund.
CW4WAfghan is excited to be building on our earlier phase of work investing in teacher education in Afghanistan. A five-year campaign to train 1,000 teachers a year was concluded at the end of 2016. Our goal was exceeded with more than 1,000 teachers receiving training each year over the five year period of 2012-2016. In total, 9,387 teachers were trained across seven provinces since the program first began in 2008 (see map below for details). In addition, 228 library starter kits and 240 science kits were distributed and a reading mentorship program put in place to support the teachers. The Lantern Fund resources also contributed to enhancing the Darakht-e Danesh library.
The following map summaries the number of teachers who received support through The Lantern Fund: