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Being a Female Teacher – Amidst Social and Economic Uncertainty

For female teachers, the tentativeness of their teaching often relates to their family situation and to other competing demands on their time. The Healing Classrooms assessment identified this issue particularly in Afghanistan where female teachers depend on the approval and support of fathers and husbands to continue teaching.

This tentativeness has serious implications for student well-being. For example, preoccupied teachers may spend limited time on lesson preparation and on ensuring the quality of their instruction. In the case of teachers actually leaving the school for alternative employment, children and youth will likely be negatively affected by the loss of adults with whom they have built a trusting relationship. Students may also then be faced with an unfamiliar adult coming to teach.