Noor Relief has been awarded for its efforts in providing learning opportunities for women and girls through their education for women and girls program.
Noor Association was established right after the Afghan war in 2001, during which many boys and girls fell out of the formal education system. The aim was to provide a second chance to women and girls to complete their education and fully participate in society.
When we visited girl schools in 2002, after the defeat of the Taliban, in Kabul, we realized that 17 and 18-year-old girls were attending 3rd and 4th grades. For the first time, we recognized a serious challenge that girls were faced with as a result of 40 years of war. There was an urgent need for an accelerated education program to help three generations overcome these challenges and to be able to complete high school.
The Education program makes it possible for students to receive their high school certificate within eight years and provides access to professional training that enables them to work as a member of society.
Noor Relief education program is a model that takes literacy to another level by taking the students to 12th grade in eight years and teaching them skills for employment to support their families.