Education Prevails over violence
Rana is ten years old and studies in the first grade at the CBE class in Daman district of Kandahar province. She was displaced together with her parents and 12 siblings from Zherai district of Kandahar to Daman district due to ongoing conflict in her village. It has been one year since Rana and her family moved to Daman and established a new home. Life has been quite difficult with few opportunities. During her ten years of life, Rana was deprived of her basic rights especially to education due to lack of schools in her birthplace, and constant conflict in her village. Despite all the challenges faced by Rana’s family during the last one year, her parents let them (Rana and her four siblings) go to school and get education. They also tried to provide them with the basic learning materials as much as they could afford: “My siblings and I are going to school for the first time. It is amazing and I can’t express my feeling being in this class and getting education for the first time.” Rana said.
She has been attending class for the last five months together with her two sisters and two brothers. She is in first grade at age 10. She had never had the experience of being in class and making friends before and her parents are very happy that their children go to school especially since there is a class near their home. Education was one of Rana’s big dreams that is getting fulfilled. She says with happiness: “Now I can write and read my name, my dream is getting fulfilled actually.” Rana sits beside her two sisters in the same class and they study together. The Education in Emergencies project has provided Rana the opportunity to have access to basic education in order to fulfill her dream as well as avoid being involved in harmful work.
Community Based Education is an opportunity for deprived and vulnerable children to fulfill their dream and have access to basic education. The opportunity has enabled children to learn and avoid being illiterate. Rana said “if I didn’t come to this class I don’t know what the situation would have been for me and my siblings. Perhaps I would be working on the street with uncertain future. Now I spend half a day in class and half a day doing my homework and studying.” She adds: “I feel I have a bright future for myself, and I am really thankful to Save the Children for making this possible. Save the Children provided us with the opportunity to go to school and I am not deprived of education anymore!”
The Education in Emergencies project is providing access to education for the IDP and returnee children. The classes are established in remote areas where many IDPs and returnees are located. Both boys and girls are enrolled in grade one to three in separate classes. In each class, there are 40 students enjoying from their basic rights to an education.