The literacy courses take place on a daily basis in the houses before the training courses. 
- Ahmad Shah Baba Meyna
- Kamari, province of Kabul
- Ghazi Big Kheel, Nejrab (province of Kapiza)



Ahmad Shah Baba Mena

Greeting from KABUL
Today I visited Ahmad Shah Mena and checked around the office. All works are going normally.

1.) I visited the literacy class: All Kilem students, cook, cleaner and Mrs. Rahima's students are participating in this class. The number of students: more than 38 participants. I distributed books, pens,note books etc for them.

2. I asked 25 students from them if they have any problems regarding Lunch etc. I received positive answers from all. Please see the attached literacy course photo.

Thanks&best regards Hamidi

updated 04.12.2017


Wasima, the store owner in Kamari, starts a literacy course in January 2017.
As she herself is illiterate, this was a very important concern for her.
When she learned that Mrs. Baum from Germany will support her activities with 150 € per month for a whole year, she immediately hired a teacher called Khatera.
Now Khatera teaches more than 30 students for 2 hours a day.

Of course, Mrs. Wasima cannot pay a teacher permanently. We ask you at this point to donate for the continuation of the literacy course in Kamari.


First, Madina, the director of the NAZO center, buys notebooks for all the students and distributes them. Women from other villages also take part in the literacy course. It starts at 8 am and usually lasts an hour and a half. Here, too, the courses are always very well attended; there are often more than 30 students in a course.

updated 08.12.2017

Background information

Elke and Nurullah under discussion with a wood trader.

Mr Amann:

"All problems which arised in the past have the following reason: One half supports democracy, the other half supports the mullahs. Currently we live in hard times, it is possible that the man is illiterate and the woman went to school a couple of years. Today both - women and men - would have to learn a lot to achieve progress for their country. But there are also forces who actively work against it. They do not want their country to develop. If all Afghan people were literate, the country wouldn't be in this situation."

The NAZO centers are also counselling centers, where women learn about their rights according to the Afghan law, and where they are given advise about health issues and family planning.  
At the same time they are communication centers: Here women and girls get to know people who do not belong to their family, they will always find a sympathetic ear for talks and often even solutions for indiviual problems - in short: the horizon of experience of the women and girls is expanded here. 

The get together with non-family members is the first step on the way to autonomy. In exchange with other women they make the experience that their problems do not relate to them only, but many women have similar thoughts, feelings, fears and ideas. In shared conversations even solutions for the most difficult problems can be found. To help the women proceed, there are advanced training courses where important questions are picked up and deepened. 

Literacy course

Alphabetisation before the actual technical training.

The course will be completed with an Unesco-certificate.

In all NAZO training centers each morning the literacy course takes place before the actual vocational training. Students from the NAZO center participate in it, but also women and girls from the neighbourhood. It takes one hour. 

The teacher teaches according to the literacy framework of the UNESCO. If you successfully complete the course, you have the right to visit a secondary school for former illiterates to complete a state-approved school-leaving certificate. 

Because women have been excluded from education far more than men for years or even decades, there is a lack of female teachers. The stubborn insistence on gender segregation prevents girls from being taught by men.

Since 2002 the enrollment rate in Afghanistan has been higher than ever before, but still every second child does not visit a school - mostly girls.


The illiteracy rate is one of the highest in the world, and is still said to be around 90 % for women and 80 % for men.
en, for men around 80 %.
(Source Wikipedia, Aug. 2013)

Other sources speak of only 8% of women who can read and write.

(Source: World in Figures, 2013).

On the 20th of May 2015 I received news from our managing director Marina, that the government stopped the free lessons for the NGOs.  
The literacy courses have always been very popular.
Thus the new order of the Afghan government means for us that we now also have to pay for the teachers of these courses. 
PLEASE HELP enabling us to afford these additional costs.


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