The need for humanitarian and protection assistance in 2019 has almost doubled with increasing levels of internal displacement and returnees arriving in already underserved communities.

Crisis-affected families are in dire need of various essential services and children lack access to gender-responsive, quality education opportunities, integral for their learning and social wellbeing. The lack of access is mainly: school closures due to insecurity; long/unsafe distances to schools; lack of female teachers,  girl’s schools and community based education classes; formal school’s capacity to absorb all  children; lack of civil documentation; cultural beliefs/practices preventing girls from attending school, and lack of financial resources to support children’s education.

A consortium was established in December 2018 comprised of BRAC, INTERSOS, TLO and BEST, with War Child Canada as lead organization. These organizations have been working in Afghanistan for years to change the lives of the poor and marginalized people through humanitarian assistance and a wide-range of long-term-development programs.

The project goal is to improve learning and well-being of children affected by crisis in Afghanistan through access to quality, inclusive, gender sensitive and sustainable education.

Outcome 1 (Access) Access to education for emergency-affected girls and boys is increased;

Outcome 2 (Equity & equality) Conducive, child-friendly and inclusive teaching and learning environment is created for emergency-affected girls and boys;

Outcome 3 (Continuity) Continuity of education for emergency-affected girls and boys is increased;

Outcome 4 (Learning and skills / quality) Quality of learning for emergency-affected girls and boys is improved; and

Outcome 5 (Protection) Safe and protective learning environment for emergency affected girls and boys, especially the most marginalized, are established and strengthened.

The project is currently being implemented in Hirat province and benefit over 11,000 children. Majority – over 65% of the enrolled students are girls.