This program enables 20 girls per 6-month course to access educational opportunities in Afghanistan. Per UNESCO, Currently, 80% of school-aged Afghan girls and young women – 2.5 million people are out of school. This program allows girls whose education was interrupted by the Taliban takeover to continue learning vital skills that enable them to find employment or transition to online education after program completion. Your support will help these girls plan for a better future!
On March 23, 2022, the Taliban reversed their decision to open girls’ schools and continued the ban on girls’ education above grade 6 indefinitely. Millions of girls are now banned from schools and long to resume their education. Sahar’s Stealth Sisters program is even more critical than ever! Many girls who had to leave secondary education have applied to our programs. The current program serves 20 girls over a 6-month period, teaching English and computer skills to girls.
Our Sealth Sisters Program addresses vital skills for Afghan girls; including English, IT, and a focused approach around gender roles, health, and wellness within their communities. These courses are conducted in secret, with local schools, and serve girls who would not be able to attend school due to age restrictions by the Taliban. This program serves 20 girls at a time, preparing the students for future opportunities by addressing many barriers to continued education.
Graduates of this program have many avenues open to them including continuing education online, enrolling in other Sahar programs, and starting home-based businesses to teach those in their communities. Past graduates have reported that the women’s empowerment focus helped build self-esteem and improved their ability to speak for themselves. This led them to work teaching local children, providing services online, and giving them the confidence to continue learning after completing the program.
This program launched in July 2022 with 20 students; the 3rd round began in November 2023.