Takhar Education Initiative

  • P Project/Program

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Key Information

The Takhar Education Initiative is an Afghan Connection (AC) initiative to support education for children, and in particular girls. AC works in traditional rural communities where historically education for girls has been almost non-existent. So, in order to make this project viable, it has been developed in a culturally sensitive manner. The education of girls is a new concept and the key objective has been to create schooling environments that will give parents confidence to send their daughters to school. How has the Afghan Connection done this in Worsaj? The Afghan Connection builds separate schools for older girls with surrounding walls for privacy – in this way more parents are happy to let the girls go to school and complete their education. AC also funds teacher training and while this is open to both men and women, there is a strong take up by women. This is important in Afghanistan, as fathers are reluctant to let their daughters be educated by men once they reach puberty.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


Not applicable or unknown


Afghan Connection

Ministry Affiliation



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Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality
  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Teachers - female, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

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Other populations reached

  • Teachers - male

Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of schools

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power


  • Hiring more teachers (both men and women)
  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • Pre-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms