We focus on protection and development of girls who are affected by war and conflict
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ActionAid Afghanistan incorporated child protectionlater in 2009 focused on awareness rising on child rights, understanding child vulnerability, access to education and enrolment in school particularly girl child.
We promote child protection through Child Enabling Committees (CECs). We focus on various children rehabilitation program through sponsorship being supported by more than 8500 active sponsors around the world. We focus on children recreational, education and psycho social activities for war and conflict affected children. We have taken a special initiative for integrating ex-child soldiers toward the process of normal life by providing special education and vocational training. We focus on child right education & child protection issues in a wider prospective. Also, hygiene promotion and to create a healthy environment for students including construction of separate toilet for girls children, safer playing ground, medical assistance is our prime objective.
Out of 7.88 million Afghan children, ages 6–15 years, 18 percent are engaged in some form of economic activities to sustain their daily life. They are engaged in daily labor work, handicrafts business, agriculture or livestock in the rural areas, or collecting garbage or selling small items in the urban streets. Today, over 7 million (2.7 million being girls) children are attending school, out of which only 20% of the girls reach third level of school education. The quality of education is far below the minimum acceptable by international standards. The widespread lack of resources for schools in rural communities has led to overcrowded classrooms, poor infrastructure with under-trained teachers using outdated curricula and teaching methods. The girl-schools are rare, uncommon, dispersed in many rural villages. The Girls students are in need of special protection and are vulnerable due to isolation, different social cohesion & cultural pattern.
“Earlier we didn’t have school in our village. Therefore we cannot read and write. Now we one room as a school for class 1, 2 and 3 students. Only boys study here. If we want to send these boys for further studies we have to send them to another village. We are poor people. We don’t have money to invest on children’s education.” says Mohammad Haider of 60 years from Qurbaqa Arigh Village, Kwaja-Do-Koh District, Jawzjan Province, Afghanistan