Sunday, November 20, 2011

Canada in Afghanistan, continued...

If you haven't yet read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries, you may want to take a moment or two (2) to do so.  I've been posting notes that J, my 50+ group luncheon friend spoke about last Wednesday and gave me permission to use, giving us an update on what's been happening in Afghanistan, concerning Canada.  J continued on...

TB was another program tackled by the Canadian forces National TB program.  It is improving the abilities of the Afghan Public Health project that focuses on services to treat the disease.  5,000 health workers have been trained in tuberculosis care.  The Canadians have provided training and technical assistance, created a system to select, use and distribute drugs in
the treatment of TB, and to track the disease, and monitor programme activities.

Canada with Afghanistan's Ministry of Education, has established 4,000 community based schools that will provide basic primary education to about 120,000 schoolchildren, 80% of which are girls.  They have created early childhood development programs, implemented after-school learning programs initiated skills development programs for adolescents, provided training to almost 4,000 government school teachers and 4,000 community based schoolteachers, of which a large number are to be women.  Classes began at Nasrat school in Sept. 2010.

There were hundreds of students studying outside, sitting on the hard ground and exposed to extreme weather.  A great need in general was for new schools.  Canadians took on the project.  One-room schools are being built so that students can learn away from the elements.  The most important program activities are to support education at the community level through accelerated learning classes for out-of-school children, prioritizing school for girls, setting up a national strategy and establishing 100 literacy courses for women in Kandahar provinces.  The children will gain knowledge and confidence to their own businesses in the future, or have the skill set to get a job.  It will offer a number of jobs to teachers and grounds keepers bringing money into the community, improving the economy.  The Canadians are introducing gender-equality education in south Kandahar.  In 2001, only 700,000 Afghan children, almost none of whom were girls attended school  Today over 6 million children go to school and one third of them are girls.  29% of the teachers now are women.  Canada is the single biggest donor to the multi-donor World Bank Initiative in support of Afghan education.  We are working to strengthen the Afghan Ministry of Education, develop curricula, train teachers and increase access to education for students.

Believe it or not, there is still a little more to be said, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.  Please continue reading about what J spoke about.  I'm praying you will be blessed.

Until next time...

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