Project location: Ghazni, Afghanistan
Funding: £27,500
Year / duration: 2002 / 2 Years
Partner: Care International

In Afghanistan, decades of conflict and unrest has caused the destruction of infrastructure and the displacement of nearly one-third of the population. Occupation, war and Taliban rule has had a devastating impact on children’s education, especially girls. In 2000, it was estimated that only 4 – 5% of Afghan children were being educated at primary school level, with fewer having access to secondary or university level education. Under Taliban rule from 1996 – 2001, half of Afghan schools were destroyed, and girls were denied all access to education.

In 2002, TRAID supported CARE’s innovative Community Organised Primary Education (COPE) project to help communities run their own schools to educate their children. Rural areas in particular were underserved by even the most basic services. CARE surveyed the rural mountain region of Nowar in the Ghazni province which revealed that parents were desperate for their children to be educated, and willing to do what they could to educate them.

Funding provided by TRAID established Village Education committees to mobilise communities to train teachers, build schools, set up libraries, provide school supplies and protect schools and students from attacks. Key outcomes included:-

  • 14 schools enrolling 1,882 students (48% girls) in 64 classes
  • Established 15 Village Committees
  • Trained and hired 54 school teachers (13% female)

Today, there are more than 5,000,000 children in education in Afghanistan. CARE continues to be a leader in community based education and is currently strengthening COPE to meet the education needs of 3,641 students, 70% of which are female. CARE is also working in partnership with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education to continue developing the curriculum and the potential of girls and women in remote communities. As more girls obtain a primary education, CARE is also addressing
the need for continuing education, helping girls to train to become health workers and teachers.