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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Fanoos/Lantern: Teacher Education for Afghanistan

In the late 90s the Taliban regime closed all girls’ schools in Afghanistan and all but a few religious schools for boys. In 2002, a large number of schools were opened and children flocked into the classrooms but many of the newly-hired teachers lacked any teacher education or training. This was the impetus that in 2008 led CW4WAfghan to start training in-service teachers in pedagogy and in their subject areas. Our in-service training program has been highly regarded in the provinces (see map below) where we have worked. Teachers have improved their practices, children are more engaged. Events such as our Best Practices Day helped to raise the status of teachers. In addition to supporting the teacher trainees through our Darakht-e Danesh library project, we also provided science and library kits in each of our teacher trainees’ schools. By 2017, conditions in the schools had changed. The majority of teachers now arrive in the classrooms after attending one of the 42 Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs), which had opened across the country. 


CW4WAfghan has developed our Teacher Education program to deliver 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 now constitute the majority of students in teacher colleges.  The TTCs need more support to improve the quality and relevance of teacher education. For this reason in 2018, our teacher training program is being carried out within the TTCs in order to reach more teachers before they start their teaching practice. CW4WAfghan implements teacher education programs through a protocol with the Ministry of Education. We look forward to expanding cooperation with TTCs in a number of areas over the next few years to improve teaching quality for girls in Afghanistan. 


Participants in the program are student teacher trainees, 50% female, and faculty and staff in the schools and Teacher Training Colleges. CW4WAfghan trained a total of 9,387 teachers over the past ten years, with 50% of the trainees being female.

Activities and Impact

For 2018-2022, our teacher education goals are focused on:

  1. Building the capacity of leadership in the teacher education system

  2. Helping teachers teach reading and writing, increasing children’s literacy

  3. Developing critical thinking skills in teachers and students

  4. Improving access to learning resources at teacher colleges

Currently, we are working on the fourth goal of 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.

The following map summaries the number of teachers who received support through The Lantern Fund from 2012-2016. View more details under Archived Projects:

Fanoos/Lantern: Teacher Training for Afghanistan, 2008-2016
Locations: Kapisa, Laghman, Panjshir, Parwan, Kandahar, Herat and Kabul Provinces


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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