Digital Classes

DIGITAL CLASSES

Professionalizing step of the integrated course

context

Afghanistan is a young country (84% of the population is under 40 years old) with a very high unemployment rate of 40%. Therefore, supporting girls’ education is not enough, they must also be given opportunities for the future.

Since the fall of the Taliban regime, the number of Internet users in Afghanistan has increased steadily. According to data from the International Telecommunication Union and the World Bank, Internet users were only 0.1% in 2004 and rose to 8.3% in 2015. Computer training and digital literacy are an integral part of the workplace in the 21st century, and computer skills are essential, especially for girls who have a restricted access to the labour market. Digital technology is now a central subject that opens up employment opportunities and contributes to the development of an inclusive society according to UNESCO.

Digital technology is the future in all the countries, and in this field, Afghanistan is one of the most competitive countries. National school programmes already include English and computer classes, but these two subjects are often sacrificed due to a lack of qualified teachers. Moreover, when it is taught, computer science very often remains at a theoretical level because schools are not provided with equipment.

project

Thanks to our Digital Classes programme, high school girls have access to digital technology and can thus position themselves more competitively in the digital sector. This programme represents the professionalizing component of our integrated educational journey.

It is a 3-year course for female students aged 15 to 17. The first year is dedicated to the discovery of computer tools and the mastery of basic office automation software. The next two years are devoted to learning and mastering coding and programming.

Computer courses are combined with reinforced English courses.

We employ qualified instructors to teach the courses at a rate of 1 hour 30 of English lesson and 1 hour 30 of computer lessons  per week per grade.

A pilot project set up in March 2018 in 4 schools, the Digital Classes are a real success: the beneficiaries are very satisfied and the results are good with an average success rate of 70% on the final exam. 113 grade 11 students received a certificate of achievement in December 2018.

OBJECTIVE

Expand academic and professional opportunities for young Afghan women through computer courses that qualify and stimulate interest in the digital professions, a sector that recruits. 

BENEFICIARIES

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9th,10th,11th grade students in 4 schools in 2018
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students with the opening of a 5th digital class at Abdullah Bin Omer in 2019

Localisation

KERAMAN

Located in Keraman Village of Dara District, Panjshir Province

Malalaï

Located In Hanaba Village of Hanaba District, Panjshir Province

NASWAN PAGHMAN

Located in Dara Zargaran village of Paghman District, Kabul Province

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KHOJA LAKAN

Located in Khwaja Lakan village of Paghman District, Kabul Province

QALAÏ MALIK

Located in Qalaï Malik Village of Paghman District, Kabul Province 

Qalaï Malik school - Paghman