afghanistan | baghch-e-simsim
Learning that levels the playing field for children in a diverse nation
JUST LAUNCHED — Our work in Afghanistan is based on the belief that children’s education can shape a country’s future, fostering skills and values that give the next generation its best chance for success.
Our locally developed Baghch-e-Simsim program is designed to do just that: deliver lessons of literacy, math, and life skills to millions of Afghan children, with a special emphasis on girls’ education and cultural awareness. The need is enormous. Less than two-thirds of Afghan children are enrolled in primary school, a rate that’s even lower for girls.
Broadcast on TOLO and LEMAR television stations since November 2011, Baghch-e-Simsim celebrates the country’s cultural heritage and diversity. To that end, the series airs in both the Dari and Pashto languages.
With the project off to a running start, this is just the beginning of our efforts to meet the educational needs of Afghan children. To broaden the reach of our educational messages, plans are in the making for the use of radio and mobile phones, as well as in-school programs through new partnerships with government ministries and local NGOs.