Emergency Community Based Education Program in Afghanistan
Due to ongoing political unrest, many children in Afghanistan are unable to attend school. And given cultural norms that prohibit girls from traveling alone, school enrollment rates among girls are lower than among boys due to distances between home and school. Yet in northwestern Afghanistan, the Emergency Community Based Education program — a joint initiative by USAID and the Afghan Ministry of Education — helped close the gender gap in remote communities. Through this intervention, communities provided the school space while the program partners delivered educational materials and teacher training. It succeeded in increasing girls’ enrollment by approximately 50%.