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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryChains or Networks of schools/centersStand-alone school/centerStudent supportGirls' EducationLiteracyEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue languageCulture/indigenous knowledge21st century skills (soft skills)Vocational/technical skills
Model details2008Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumLiteracyEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue languageCulture/indigenous knowledge21st century skills (soft skills)Vocational/technical skillsActiveLong-term projectScholarships6010%90%
BeneficiariesDisplaced individualsEthnic minoritiesOut-of-school children
SOLA works with the local Ministry of Education and community agencies to identify highly motivated but under-resourced girls in peri-urban and rural provinces around the country.
Since its founding in 2008, SOLA has grown from a student body of 4 to an annual enrollment of close to 30. The programming has expanded to include after-class enrichment opportunities and online mentoring. The geographic reach of SOLA has grown significantly to encompass students from 14 provinces. Support staff and online-based volunteers hail from countries as diverse as Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, USA, and the UK, and widespread connections have allowed for increased international scholarship opportunities for SOLA's graduating classes.
SOLA’s near-term goal is to scale up to an accredited, four-year, world-class international boarding school. A predominantly female student body is expected to expand to 340 students drawn from all 34 Afghan provinces. SOLA will continue to recruit young women with strong academic potential especially from underserved areas throughout Afghanistan as well as girls in good academic standing in Kabul.
Monitoring & EvaluationYesStandardized assessment performanceInternal assessment performanceUser satisfactionAbility to reach the poorGraduation or promotion ratesStudent attendanceIncreased enrollmentNo
Standardized Assessment Performance - Literacy | In five years, SOLA has helped 35 Afghan students obtain 40 scholarships to 34 schools. The value of their combined 130 scholarships years awarded directly from 34 schools is estimated at $6.2 million.
SOLA students have earned scholarships to the following highly selective colleges and high schools:
· Bates College
· Wellesley college
· Yale College
· Brown University
· Southern New Hampshire University
· Middlebury College
· Blaire Academy
· Regis College
· Worcester Academy
· The Loomis Chaffee School
· Brooks School
· Westover School
· Newtown Friends School
· Montclair State University
· Tufts University
· Mt. Holyoke University
SOLA’s first graduate student earned a master’s from Tufts’ School of Public Health in 2013, Tufts’ first Afghan MPH. She will return to Afghanistan to realize her thesis on the disposal of medical waste in Afghanistan, now burned in open fires. She plans to market incinerators manufactured in Afghanistan to international specifications.