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Case Study 3: Female Teachers in Afghanistan

Another female teacher – a widow of 12 years – spoke of how being a teacher brings her some emotional comfort and contributes to her well-being:

School helps me forget my problems and sorrows – before I was teaching I was very sad all the time. I enjoy being with the children and it helps me forget my pain. They learn from me and I learn from them too.

—Female teacher in Afghanistan

Another woman explains that her economic situation was not good, especially as her husband was jobless. The need to earn some more money, combined with the fact that she could see that the village did not allow its girls to go to the government school, led her to start an afternoon class for girls in her home. As a community-based teacher she does not receive a salary, but she hopes that someday she will.