FIRST STAGE OF THE INTEGRATED JOURNEY
Although school does not start until the age of 6 in Afghanistan, there is no structure for early childhood education in rural areas.
However, in a traditional society, where women’s rights are limited and where they represent only 19% of the working population, childcare adds an additional barrier to access employment. Many women are thus unable to work as teachers because they have no means of care for their children. For the same reasons, current female teachers have a high rate of absenteeism.
This is all the more damaging as the presence of female teachers in schools is essential to promote girls attendance.
Since 2004, Afghanistan Libre has created and opened 5 preschools, within the school grounds we already support. In 2019, 132 children of female teachers were welcomed in places adapted to their development and supervised by qualified professionals. In our preschools, children receive a balanced meal a day, participate in a variety of educational activities, and their health is monitored by the educators and the Afghanistan Libre team through a monitoring table completed by the team.
Preschools are open during the school year from March to December except Malalaï preschool which is open all year round.
In the 5 preschools, we aim at promoting the cognitive development of children under 6 years old and giving them access to a balanced meal a day in a country where no educational structure exists for early childhood and the malnutrition rate reaches 41% among children under 5.
Located In Hanaba Village of Hanaba District, Panjshir Province
Located in Dara Zargaran village of Paghman District, Kabul Province
Located in Khwaja Lakan village of Paghman District, Kabul Province
Abdullah Bin Omar
Located in Parachi Village of Paghman District, Kabul Province
Located in Pushta Badam Village of Paghman District, Kabul Province