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Case Study 3: Female Teachers in Afghanistan

During the Healing Classrooms assessment in Afghanistan, women teaching community-based classes in their own homes explained how being a teacher enables them to be active and to have some impact in their community. Here is what a young woman teacher who runs three daily classes for girls in her family compound had to say:

When I got married and came here my husband was in Iran and I was bored and tired. I didn't know how to pass my time. So I first started to teach to the girls in the village the Holy Koran. I saw that they were very interested and so I began to teach them other things. There is no school in the village and these girls cannot go away to school. At first I had nothing, not even any chalk, and so I used a wood stick and some coal.

—Female teacher in Afghanistan