ONE LIGHT ONE TAZKIRA
Ensure that all girls have the legal documentation necessary to access higher studies and provide girls with solar lamps to light their paths home and to study when they choose.
Many girls in Afghanistan lose their right to education after primary school and are thus unable to go on to higher studies. While this is largely due to conservative gender-attitudes and -perceptions, two other major obstacles prevent girls from accessing education : insecurity and lack of proper national identification.
1 LAMP: LIGHT THE WAY TO SCHOOL
In the rural areas where Afghanistan Libre operates, the long routes leading from small villages to schools are un-lit and pose major security risks to young girls. Many families don't allow their daughters to go to school due to security concerns and fears that they will face problems on the long route to school -- seldom are schools in rural areas within 3 kilometres of girls' homes.
This is why as part of our 1 Light 1 Tazkira program, we provide high-school aged girls with solar lamps that they can take with them to light up the long walk to and from school in the winter months where nights are long. They can also use these lamps to study at home at night where they don't have electricity.
solar lamps have been distributed to girls for their studies.
students have received their national identification through Afghanistan Libre since 2016.
community members were sensibilized on the importance of civil registration
1 TAZKIRA : TO ACCESS HIGHER STUDIES
In Afghanistan, only 42% of births are registered and recorded in the Afghan civil registrar. These foundational procedures establish the existence of a person in the eyes of the law. Not having a legal identity means being denied a whole series of essential rights, particularly those pertaining to education. To register for the Kankor, the Afghan university entrance exam, girls must present a Tazkira, the national identity document -- which only 20% of Afghan women possess. Lack of knowledge of the registration process and its importance, the cost of registration, and the remoteness of registration centers continue to hinder birth registration in Afghanistan and thus, girls' education.
In order to ensure that girls are able to access their higher studies, as well as other rights, Afghanistan Libre’s social workers raise awareness amongst parents on the importance of civil registration. After helping families carry out the administrative steps necessary for registration, students receive their Tazkiras.
My name is Zahra, I am in the 12th grade. I received a solar lamp for the first time in 2016 which was very helpful. I want to pass the Kankor exam so that I can succeed in college and become a lawyer later on. The lamp helps me study at night and I think I can pass the Kankor exam. Also, the light makes me feel safer when I go to and from school and it's dark outside.