The situation is tough, but we have found a way forward.
The outlook is bleak for girls and women across Afghanistan. Under the new government’s rule, it is not clear which, if any, rights girls and women can expect. Most distressingly, girls who have started their education have found themselves pushed out of the classroom. They have not been able to continue with their studies, which means that opportunities will remain closed off to them in the future.
Realize this: without an education, no one can count on economic or social advancement. Especially in Afghanistan under the current regime, girls and women can find little hope for personal change or growth without the advantages that an education would afford them. To make matters worse, there is a severe lack of woman teachers – and a catastrophic lack of funding for education in general.
We are, therefore, in the middle of a destructive storm. All of these forces have combined to make the situation for the Afghani people untenable. We know that we need to do something, to break out of these circumstances, but until now, it has not been entirely clear what.
Other educators worldwide have exhibited just the solution that this problem needs, though. Forced to teach their classes virtually due to the ongoing pandemic, they have set a viable model that we at Afghan Online School intend to adopt.
At Afghan Online School, boys and girls of all ages will be able to get the guidance and the instruction necessary to continue to learn and to stretch their minds. We will teach all of the courses from the first through the twelfth years of school, providing videos and graphics free of charge on YouTube, where anyone in Afghanistan will be able to access them. We also employ woman teachers, in order to show our support for gender equality and to facilitate a more equitable Afghani society in the long term.
This venture is, of course, not something that we can do alone. In order to produce these videos and hire teachers, we are turning to you for support.
Our goal through this campaign is $5500, which will cover the costs of video production, video publication, Studio hire and teacher retention. The more that we raise, the better this venture will turn out. We will also spend some of our budget on outreach, promoting Afghan Online School to Afghan children so that they know this option is available.
Contribute now and let’s do this together!
In addition, go ahead and spread the word about what we are doing. Go ahead and share a link to the campaign page on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media platforms you use. If you know someone who has watched what has happened in Afghanistan, make sure they are aware that this is one way they can help out.
We appreciate all your support and thank you for taking the time to read about our plans. Let’s make education more accessible to these children who so eagerly want and need it.