THE LANTERN FUND
The Lantern Fund is an ongoing campaign to raise funds to sustain our ongoing education programs. Our program management staff in Kabul and Canada are working continuously to ensure our project activities are evolving to meet the key priorities in education for Afghan women and girls. They are currently undertaking a full needs assessments and program development for the next phase of the Fanoos Education Program. Please click on PROGRAMS for detailed information on all of the projects funded by our community of supporters.
The Lantern Fund began in October 2012 as a special campaign to raise funds over five years to sustain our Teacher Training program in Afghanistan. During that first five years, CW4WAfghan trained in-service teachers in Afghanistan. At that time, an estimated 70% of Afghan teachers working in classrooms had little to no previous teacher training and most also had no post-secondary education of any kind, and many had 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 project objective was to train teachers in active learning methods, as opposed to traditional rote learning. Their training had 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 on staff with CW4WAfghan. Upon successful completion of training, teachers were certified by the Afghan Ministry of Education and, as a result, are now eligible for salary increases as certified teachers. Each trainee was evaluated throughout the program.
The CW4WAfghan teacher education program was completed in Herat Province at the end of 2016. Our goal was exceeded with more than 1,000 teachers receiving training each year over the five years: 2012-2016. A total of 9,387 teachers have been trained across 7 provinces since the program 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. Lantern fund resources also contributed to enhancing the Darakht-e Danesh online library throughout the five years.
The following map summaries the number of teachers receiving support through the Lantern Fund Teacher Education program:
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
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.