Street Children Back to School
Location – Kabul
Focus – Education
According to UNICEF, about 60,000 children residing in Kabul are involved in child labour. Many of them work on the streets in order to support their families. These children do not have the opportunity to attend formal schools.
In 2016, AfD introduced the “School for street-working children” project to give marginalized children in Kabul the possibility to attend semi-formal education classes where they can learn basic literacy, numeracy and life skills.
Since the beginning of the program, Afd has opened 3 education centers in 3 different districts: Kart-e-Char, Baburshah and AfD’s Comprehensive Health Center. Since the program was first launched in October 2016, the number of children has been increasing on a regular basis. At the end of 2019 the program had enrolled 206 children, of which 84 girls.
At each location children attend classes and are provided daily meals; for many of the children, this is the first and only mean of the day. Children are also offered medical consultations free-of-charge at AfD’s comprehensive health center located in Kabul.
Our school’s staff is composed by 5 teachers, one program coordinator and one cook; all of them are Afghan nationals and females.
Recently, AfD has introduced a sport program as part of the school program; we have rented a football field, dry and safe, dedicated for the children to train and play each week and a football coach has been hired. Currently, 86 boys are enrolled in the football class and since 2019 also 18 girls have joined. The important objective of this program is raising awareness on the benefits of regular physical activity for children and advocate for the active participation of girls.
Following AfD’s efforts to increase women’s participation in the workforce throughout all of our programs, it is worth reporting that the education program employs a team of qualified Afghan women composed by five teachers and one program coordinator.