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Empowering young Afghan women talents to lead as excellent educators avoiding Afghan girls from drop-out of schools.

Teach for Afghanistan proposes a project to address both internal and external factors leading toward girls drop-out from Afghan schools.

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What problem does your innovation solve?

Around 1,100 students drop-out from schools every day, above 70% of which are girls, with highest gender disparity in the world at the primary education –71 girls attend for every 100 boys and only 21 percent of these girls end up completing primary school. The is due to lack of qualified female teachers due to which girls aren’t allowed to be to be tough under male teacher such as 245 out of 412 urban and rural districts do not have a single qualified teacher.

Explain your innovation.

TAO will recruit total 200 most promising college graduates and high performing young professional female fellows and will deploy them in most needy schools to respond to the high demand of qualified, trained and graduated female teachers on the ground. These newly recruits will receive trainings so that they can employ innovative teaching strategies to maximize their effectiveness inside classrooms. 1-Identify, recruit and train 200 fellows to place as teachers in 46 MoE schools, directly impacting total 45,000 girl students of primary, middle and high schools. 2-Needy schools are provided with trained, qualified and professional female teachers. 3-45,000 girls in targeted districts benefiting quality teaching and innovative learning resulting in lower female teacher’s shortage problem, more qualified female teachers inside schools, transformational teaching methods inside schools, better school results and lower drop-out and absentees from girl schools. In the long-run the 200 fellows after two years will become Alumnis,who after two years will work from within and outside the educational system to affect the fundamental, long-term changes necessary for solution to both internal (shortage of qualified female teachers, lack of school premises, school drop-out) and external factors (shortage of school buildings, parents illiteracy, low public support and attention toward education, poverty, insecurity and etc.) that are affecting the girls education in Afghanistan.

Who benefits?

Direct Beneficiaries: 1- Around 45,000 girls will directly benefit as students in 80 needy primary, secondary and high schools of Nangarhar and Parwan provinces through recruited qualified fellows will will work tirelessly to bridge the immense gaps that girls students face, putting their students on fundamentally different life paths in 9 different regions in Afghanistan in 80 underprivileged schools. Such as Nangarhar (Behsud, Khewa, Surkhroad, Kama, Jalalabad), Parwan (Charikar, Bagram, Koh-e-Safi, Salang). 2- 200 qualified female fellows will also directly benefit by teaching needy school children, gaining more experience in a diverse environment, receive training's and capacity building toward leadership as Teach for Afghanistan Alumni. Currently 23,000 students are impacted through our organization in Nangarhar about 13,000 of them are girls, with 80 young fellows in Nangarhar and 30 fellows in Parwan impacting over 5000 girls directly inside most needy schools.

How is your innovation unique?

The uniqueness of this model is that it tackles not only the problem in the short-run but can be a solution for it permanently, tackling both internal and external factors avoiding girls from receiving a quality education. There are some organizations providing teachers salaries or helping ministry of education with recruitment of more teachers, which is helpful but cant address the big problems such as school drop-outs and girls challenges that are not only affected by internal factors but external as well. TAO not only recruits the most promising female future leaders of all academic disciplines and career interests who demonstrate the core competencies positively impact student achievements to decrease girls drop-out of school but ensure they receive quality education but plays an active role in ensuring that the alumni of the program are excellent ambassadors who have the mindset and skills to create exponential and collective impact both from within and outside education system.

Tell us more about you.

Teach for Afghanistan Organization (TAO) is a Non-profit registered with government of Afghanistan and inspired by the globally proven successful model ‘Teach for All’. TAO is a global member of Teach for All global network, with sister organizations in 45 countries such as Teach for Australia, Teach for America. TAO has offices in Nangarhar and Parwan provinces, and its operations are financially supported by USAID/Asia Foundation and Malala Fund.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

Security problem is the biggest obstacle in whole Afghanistan, and the decades of war has destroyed the education sector, political, social and all sectors. This project will be implemented in Nangarhar and Parwan provinvce which are affected by this problem but the implementation areas will be selected based on its good security for program implementation as we have experience in Nanagarhar and Parwan provinces.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

The project will be implemented in 9 different regions in Afghanistan in 80 underprivileged schools, such as Nangarhar (Behsud, Khewa, Surkhroad, Kama, Jalalabad), Parwan (Charikar, Bagram, Koh-e-Safi, Salang). Teach for Afghanistan has offices in both provinces, with experienced staff from this region and with an experience of project success in these needy regions.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

Teach for Afghanistan is registered with ministry of education, ministry of economy, finance and women directorates of Nangarhar and Parwan as well.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

Teach for Afghanistan has implemented this project in Nangarhar with 80 fellows inside 21 schools, impacting over 23000 students and with 30 fellows in Parwan province as well. We have successfully implemented the project with excellent results as well, while our organization is also supported with the expertise shared by our global network Teach for All that has experience of over 20 years i this sector.

Innovation Maturity

  • Roll-out/Ready to Scale: I have completed a pilot and am ready or in the process of expanding.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Organization Location

Teach for Afghanistan is located in Nangarhar and Parwan province with 80 fellows in Nangarhar and 30 in Parwan province.


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