The 2017 school year is fast approaching for the children of Afghanistan. After a long break over the cold winter, children head back to classes at the end of March, when the heavy snow begins to melt away and spring can be felt in the air.
It is an exciting time for Mahboba’s Promise. We have been marketing our early education centres in Kabul and Panjshir heavily to the local communities, leaving flyers in shops and visiting local houses to talk about the benefits of early education for children.
Last year, the Kabul centre had over 60 children attending. We hope to see that number grow even higher in 2017.
The Panjshir early education centre was opened mid-2016. It is in a poorer, more rural area of Afghanistan so there are less families able to give their children the benefits of early education. This means the Panjshir early education centre’s presence in the community is even more important. With a funding goal of purchasing a mini-van as a school bus for the centre, we will be able to bring in more children from neighbouring villages to attend the centre over the 2017 school year.
The new school year in Afghanistan also coincides with Nowruz, or Afghan New Year. Nowruz is a time when Afghan’s clear out the old and welcome in the new. It has also become a time when fathers gift their children new school supplies for the year ahead, symbolising a positive, fresh start for the school year. Mahboba’s Promise aims to ensure that the orphans and disadvantaged children in our care are still able to experience this new year gifting. You can help us to do so by donating here: https://mahbobaspromise.org/nawroz-2017/