Millions of children in Afghanistan have never attended school and, though enrollment has dramatically increased in recent years, many children are now too old to be assimilated into public primary schools. Children in Crisis operates five Community Based Education Centres (CBECs) in some of the poorest districts of Kabul where public schools are scarce. Children in Crisis works closely with local leaders in each district, responding to the needs of the community and raising awareness of the importance of education, particularly for women. Each center serves the community through various opportunities:
- Accelerated learning classes are the cornerstone of the CBECs. They serve more than 300 out-of-school children, predominantly girls, between the ages of 8 and 14. Students complete all 6 years of the nation's primary school curriculum in only 3 years and, through an agreement with Afghanistan's Ministry of Education, can be integrated into secondary public schools following completion of the program.
- Homework support classes work with children enrolled in public primary schools who are struggling with their coursework. Allotted instruction time in government schools is often insufficient and, for many children who do not receive adequate help at home, homework classes provide much needed support in specific subject areas.
- Literacy and vocational classes for local women offer educational opportunities previously unavailable in these communities. Women in literacy classes follow the national curriculum and are eligible for certificates from the Ministry of Education. Vocational classes cover topics in demand by the community, such as tailoring. More recently, self-help group saving schemes teach women finance skills to help them manage their families' expenses or small businesses.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryChains or Networks of schools/centersPolicy & AnalysisStudent supportSchool supportOut-of-School Children
Model details2012Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumActiveShort-term projectFree service or product1,850
Children in Crisis staff initially targeted students by speaking with religious and community leaders, going door-to-door, and conducting surveys to identify out-of-school children in the area.
Total learners served (1,850) includes:
- 329 out-of-school children enrolled in the accelerated learning classes
- 1,148 public school students who participated in homework support classes
- 212 women who participated in literacy classes
- 161 women who participated in the self-help group saving schemes
Children in Crisis has been working in Afghanistan since 1998. In a previous project, Children in Crisis began working with two centers and grew to include five centers over a three-year period; this model provided more limited accelerated learning classes that only allowed students to complete two primary school grades. The current phase from 2012 to 2015 is the first to include all five CBECs throughout the duration of the project.
Given the specific criteria that students in the accelerated learning classes be between the ages of 8 and 14 and previously unenrolled in school, Children in Crisis will only continue past the 2015 end date if more of these children can be identified in the area. However, many of the self-help groups may continue operating.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
In adherence to the agreement made with the Ministry of Education - and in order for children to be eligible to enter into state schools according to their achievement in the CBECs - students are regularly tested. Children take exams every 3 months to monitor their progress and every 6 months to be able to proceed to the next grade level. Children in Crisis also closely monitors attendance as families living in the outskirts of the city may enter and leave the community frequently, leading to high dropout rates. The project hopes to soon measure the wellbeing of the children.Standardized assessment performanceUser satisfactionAbility to reach the poorGraduation or promotion ratesStudent attendanceStudent retentionYes
Of the 294 students who took their grade 2 exams, 100% passed and were promoted to the 3rd grade
There has been a 33% improvement in the scores of selected children attending homework support classes