Happy International Day of Education!
Last year was tough for everyone, with education being one of the hardest hit sectors. For many young girls around the world, like Laila, the hard-won right to schooling was not something easily put aside. Education professionals and students the world over have become a source of inspiration, with so many reacting to the new, challenging circumstances of the pandemic with strength and compassion.
In Afghanistan, as everywhere, the education sector was badly impacted by lockdown. Since Laila and her community have worked tirelessly for many years to overcome the barriers to girls’ education (watch the first part of her story here), to be denied this hard-won right seemed a bitter blow.
But no one involved was ready to give up!
Watch the animation above to find out how AKF and partners, with support from the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, have helped to keep Afghan girls learning, and join us in celebrating the hard work of the millions across the world who have done the same in their communities.
We know that this work would not be possible without support from you – the UK public – and for that we would also like to say thank you! Your generosity is transforming the lives of over 210,000 Afghan girls.
Steps Towards Afghan Girls’ Education Success (STAGES) is AKF’s largest girls’ education programme globally. AKF is proud to work with a consortium of partners to implement this programme which includes CARE, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Aga Khan Education Services, and the Afghan Education Production Organisation (AEPO). It is supported by the Afghan Ministry of Education and funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.