What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Afghan boys today only know fighting because of the last quarter century of war in Afghanistan. Many young boys have been soldiers or lived as refugees. Refugee boys worked long hours selling newspapers or candy in the streets in order to feed themselves and their families and could never go to school. Now they have returned to Afghanistan and are too old to join school. They are hopeless. Without direction for the future, they continue to fight and disrupt their families and communities.
How will this project solve this problem?
Approximately 5700 boys will study in Educational Learning Centers supported by CHI/AIL in Kabul and Herat. These community-based centers will give boys the opportunity to study and earn grade certificates on a fast-track basis.
Potential Long Term Impact
Boys will become literate, advance their education, and learn such skills as computers and English that will help them get jobs. Education for boys will improve Afghanistan’s economy and contribute to making the country more secure.
My father died in the war. I am the oldest son so I had to work to feed my family. My friends laughed at me because I couldn’t write my name. Since I joined AIL’s school, I can read & write very well.
- Mohammad Akbar, 16-year-old student of CHI/AIL boys' class