Tessa Bousfield posted an articleCanadian Women for Women in Afghanistan seek donations to provide Internet to Teacher Training CollegesEach TTC internet installation will cost $6000, and the goal is to complete 12 installations by 2019 see more
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan seek donations to provide Internet to Teacher Training Colleges
For more than twenty years, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), has worked to improve the quality of teaching in Afghan schools. The organization has trained over 9000 in-service teachers across Afghanistan, created a digital library of local language learning materials, equipped over 200 schools with science labs and libraries. Now it is looking at helping Afghanistan’s 40+ Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs), where pre-service teachers are prepared for the classroom. None of the colleges have internet access, an essential tool in today’s world.
To support TTCs to gain Internet connectivity, CW4WAfghan has an agreement with the colleges and the Ministry of Education to cover the initial costs of Internet installation and Internet service for a period of 12 months, with the Ministry of Education taking over the costs of monthly service in the next year’s budget, and thereafter.
Each TTC internet installation will cost $6000, and the goal is to complete 12 installations by 2019. Victoria’s technology companies can help meet this target. To learn more about this project please contact Jill Leslie, Victoria Chapter of CW4WAfghan, 250-391-3908, or donate directly: www.cw4wafghan.ca.
With Internet access, current and future educators in Afghanistan can develop their subject knowledge, discover new approaches and methods to teaching, design better lesson plans, find materials to use in the classroom, and access education research. Access to such information online will help teachers be more effective educators, meaning Afghan children will have better learning outcomes. (One online source is the local language collection of educational materials, the Darakht-e Danesh ('knowledge tree') digital library (www.darakhtdanesh.org), created by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.)
In Afghanistan, much progress has been made in improving children's access to education. There are more schools, more teacher colleges, and more female teachers than ever before in the country's history. But the quality of public education remains very low in many areas, especially outside of cities. Sometimes children are not learning to read and write at all, despite spending years in school. Teachers are often isolated from the resources they need to help them be better teachers.
Changing this will require harnessing the power of technology, increasing access to information and to educational sources online. TTCs are mostly co-ed, but there are more female than male students. By facilitating access to the Internet in the computer labs at TTCs specifically for female students the project will improve internet access and computer skills for women and girls throughout Afghanistan.
It's hard to imagine our lives without the Internet. The means to satiate our curiosity is now so accessible, we take it for granted. But this is not the case in many parts of Afghanistan, where teachers -- arguably those who need access to knowledge resources more than anyone else -- are not yet benefiting from the information revolution.