JRS actively recruits girls for its education programs in Afghanistan, striving to have at least 50 percent of it student body female. And in a country where tradition often dictates that girls learn separately from boys, most JRS classrooms are co-educational, a setup designed to break down inhibitive social barriers that can discourage – or outright prohibit – girls in their pursuit of an education.
Aim of the project
JRS trains about 5,000 students annually in Bamiyan city, located along the ancient Silk Road. Instruction includes “complementary” education classes that include English, computer and teacher training, and online diploma programs that are popular with students who aspire to continue their education beyond high school. JRS also helps train students for university entrance exams.
What it is doing
About 60 percent of all secondary level students in JRS programs in Afghanistan are girls. Participation for girls increases to about 75 percent for post-secondary diploma courses offered through Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins, a program formerly called Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, or JC:HEM. The courses take place in Bayiman and in the neighboring Herat province. Another innovative educational initiative that JRS started this year in Bamiyan is called “Each One, Teach Some.” In this program, students from rural areas come to Bamiyan for three-to-four months of intensive English language training, then return home to pass on their new language skills to others.
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