Mondo’s Activities in Afghanistan
In cooperation with Afghan partners, Mondo offers the women and girls of rural areas education in the field of IT, and aims to better their welfare and job opportunities. Similarly, we have conducted trainings for midwives and emergency service workers.
A 100 women from the Fayrab Province participated in a thorough IT-training with a duration of 6 months, and this enabled them to start working in local businesses and schools, and earn a personal income. Additionally, 30 teachers of schools in rural areas, and 20 teachers from different schools in the Sar-e Pol Province received a month-long computer skills training. Computers were bought to 33 schools, which helped to improve the education on computer skills for 13, 000 girls in the Herat Province. The building of earth closets in Afghanistan continued. The Fatima Zahra School for Girls in eastern Afghanistan continued to receive our support. An open-air classroom with a metal roof, where two classes can study at the same time, was built into the courtyard of the Bagram School for Girls. A local expert conducted an impact survey on the health care trainings that took place in the beginning of last year.
Computer classes founded by Mondo were opened in three schools in the Herat Province. The classes have Internet connection and with the help of Estonians, the schools have hired a teacher and an assistent teacher for a year. In all, the three schools educate 13, 479 students, who benefit from the computer classes.
For the third school year in a row, Mondo supports the Fatima Zahra School for Girls in Jalalabad, where almost 250 children from war-ridden families, with disabilities, or who are orphaned, study. The school successfully completed the 2014/2015 school year, and the school employs nine teachers and a director (who also teaches classes). Lessons took place from Saturday to Thursday at 7-12. In the end of the school year, exams were held, which were observed by officials from the Afghan Ministry of Education. Every year, Mondo covers the wages of the teachers, and the costs of students’ school supplies.
Additional training for midwives
During the years 2014 and 2015, Mondo, in cooperation with the Chair of Midwifery at the Tallinn Health Care College, improved the level of education of five medical schools that teach midwifery, offered Afghan lecturers additional training in Estonia, up to date school supplies for schools, and gave advice on compiling curricula. In the spring of 2015, 10 Afghan midwives completed additional training at the Tallinn Health Care College, in the beginning of 2016, the additional training continued in the Moodle online platform for e-learning, during which specialized educational films were watched, specialized literature was read, and various tests were taken in the forum. Knowledge on the course of life of a woman, family planning, pregnanct, childbirth and the period that follows it, and also on newborn and infant care. Since active participation and discussions in studies is relatively new in Afghanistan, the courses aim to change the local midwifery curriculum to be more innovative, and evidence-based. Since numerous health educational topics are covered during the courses, the program prepares the participants to give school girls lectures on reproductive health in the otherwise very reserved Afghan culture. Lectures to school girls on reproductive health and family planning double the effect of the program in northern Afghanistan. Over 500 students get their education from the medical schools represented by the midwives that participated in our program, and it is estimated that in the future, the trainings will affect around 50,000 women in need of assistance at childbirth in northern and eastern Afghanistan.
Additional training for emergency service workers
In the fall, preparations begun for training Afghan emergency service workers to use the fire trucks the United States Air Force had bought them. The 54 fire trucks that were bought for the Afghans are the same type that have been in use in Estonia for a long time, and therefore the expertise to pass on is sufficient. The courses, prepared for 20 local firefighters, were conducted in the beginning of 2016 by two Estonian firefighters, in cooperation with EUPOL. The local firefighters that completed the courses will work as instructors, which helps to enhance the capabilities of the emergency service across Afghanistan.