Education in Afghanistan has been affected by decades of war and political crises in the country. Indeed, acquiring education in Afghanistan and around the world is the fundamental right of every human being. As the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” He (PBUH) has also said “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” These Ahadith emphasize that any person, irrespective of age, gender, and belief, has the right to learn and must seek knowledge. However, education in Afghanistan and across the globe is the only tool for humanity to live a life of prosperity. Unfortunately, conflicts have deprived children of acquiring education in Afghanistan for years. According to a UNICEF report, “An estimated 3.7 million children are out-of-school in Afghanistan – 60% of them are girls.”
Insecurity, lack of female teachers, shortage of schools, insufficient transportation, and many other factors have led girls to stay at home and fewer children to attend school. Unfortunately, children who have lost their fathers and become orphans are now the only breadwinner of their families. Most of them sought shelter with orphanages operating in Afghanistan because it is difficult to sustain in the country where the unemployment rate is at its peak.
The quality of education in Afghanistan is also poor. As per the UNICEF report, 48% of the teachers have minimum academic qualifications (equivalent to an Associate Degree). According to the UNOPS report, “55% of adult males in Afghanistan can read and write – that number drops to 30% for adult women.”
At Hayat Orphanage, we follow in our Holy Prophet’s footsteps that everyone should seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. It is the right of every child to have access to education in Afghanistan. Since 2013, Hayat Orphanage has been a shelter for many orphans across Afghanistan. Apart from other services that we provide, we facilitate orphans with quality education in private schools. In addition, they also receive tuition in Math, English, and Computer subjects after-school hours. This way, we make them capable of earning their own and providing a livelihood to their families when they grow up.
Our UK-based volunteers are preparing English language learning videos and sending them to the orphans to watch and learn. Hayat Orphanage also provides orphan children with laptops, English books, stationery, and school uniforms. Fortunately, we currently support over 100 orphans within the orphanage and many more in their addresses across the country.
Hayat Orphanage without your cooperation and financial support cannot do this noble cause all alone. You can always sponsor an orphan in Afghanistan and help build their future. Continue your cooperation and help us with your Zakat, Sadaqah, and Qurbani donations. Children are the future of a country, so let us build the future of Afghanistan.
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