Every year, tens of thousands of students across Canada choose to live in dormitories. For many, the dormitory becomes more than a place to live while they study: it is a home away from home, allowing them to learn and grow with their peers, outside the classroom.
In Bamyan, Afghanistan, a Canadian-supported dormitory has become all that and more: it is a powerful tool for breaking down significant barriers to education for young women and girls.
At Aga Khan Foundation Canada, we work with Canadians and communities in Africa and Asia to advance the United Nations’ Global Goals – a worldwide movement to break the cycle of poverty and unlock the potential of all people to build a better life.
This initiative reflects two Global Goals that are integral to our work:
- Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
- Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
The girls’ dormitory not only empowers women like Rubaba, Malika, and Parwin to complete their training, but it also helps address a key barrier to girls’ education in Afghanistan: the lack of qualified female teachers.
By investing in more female teachers today, we are empowering future generations of Afghan girls to unlock their potential as future leaders, innovators, and global citizens.
The expansion of the dormitory was made possible through the support of the Government of Canada and the generosity of thousands of individual Canadians, through World Partnership Walk and World Partnership Golf.
There are many more, like Rubaba, Malika and Parwin, who need our support. With access to the right tools and training, they too could have the opportunity to build a brighter future. Help them unlock their potential this holiday season by making a donation towards our end-of-year giving campaign. Donate today!