28.06.2018 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

I sew my clothes for the Eid

Laila (in red scarf) an SBL learner said, ‘I will study journalism to advocate for millions of girls like me to attend school’ ©UNESCO

One year ago today, Laila was not able to read and write but now, besides reading and writing, she is learning to sew clothes for herself and her family.

Eighteen-year-old Laila is one of the many girls in Afghanistan who was not allowed to go to school since she was still a child. She lives  in the Khe-Sahra village located in the west of Khost province. Laila is learning how to sew through the Skills-Based Literacy (SBL) course provided by the Deputy Ministry of Education for Literacy (DMoEL) with technical and financial support of UNESCO.

Eid and new clothes

Not everyone can afford to buy imported readymade clothes because of their  prohibitive prices, therefore local tailors were very  busy in the wake of Eid holidays, sewing clothes for many Afghans who were waiting to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadhan in a style. Since we are only a few days away from Eid, Laila said that there was no need for her to go to a tailor in the city because she could sew clothes for her family members and  herself. Laila added that ‘after a while, I will help others in my villager to sew their clothes in their own village without going to the city'.

Advocacy for education

Now that she is allowed to attend literacy classes because of her female teacher she feels that her father is now recognizing the importance of education for girls and women, Laila added. He even now lets her go to a public school. ‘I will study journalism to advocate for millions of girls like me to attend school’, said Laila

Afghanistan and SDG4

While the international community shows its commitment to support States in achieving SDG 4, “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030” there are still approximately 10 million illiterate people, around 1,000 schools remain closed in Afghanistan because of insecurity which contributes to a significant increase in the illiteracy rate in the country. DMoEL’s Basic General Literacy (BGL) and Skills-based Literacy (SBL) programmes aims to reduce the number of Afghan youth and adult illiterates and help the government achieve its SDG 4 targets. 

For more information about UNESCOs Adult Literacy and Non-Formal Education program, please email our team leader Mr George Kadiri at: g.kadiri(at)unesco.org.


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