Almost half (45%) of the Afghan population of 30 million people is under 15 years old. These girls & boys are crucial to the future of Afghanistan, but their isolation from the outside world puts them at high risk.
Spirit of America’s School Partners/Afghanistan provides a direct, unfiltered connection between Afghan school students and their American counterparts to change lives by changing minds.
(Ret.) US Foreign Service Officer and former Peace Corps volunteer Sally Light says “Your Afghanistan-USA School Partners Program really grabbed my attention, as I’ve known many citizens of other countries whose views of the U.S. were shaped in their youth by contact with Americans. That contact has a powerful and almost always positive effect”.
Students undertake a series of virtual field trips to their “sister school” via live videoconferences between the U.S. and Afghan classrooms in Helmand and Kandahar Provinces, with real-time interaction and discussion between the students. Between videoconferences, students interact via text messages and postal mail.
For US Students:
- Global Citizenship: engaging with and learning about students in Afghanistan
- Service Learning: unique opportunity for international service learning project
- US Military: exposure to a country at war where American personnel are actively engaged
For Afghan Students:
- Isolation: overcome the intense isolation suffered by Afghan students
- English: improve English language skills by engaging with American students
- Skills: acquire tangible skills that aid in acquiring jobs and/or higher education
What does your donation buy?
- $500 pays for the satellite connection for one school-to-school videoconference call
- $100 pays for a year's worth of educational SMS text messages from an Afghan class to a US class
- $50 pays for a year's worth of postal mail from an Afghan school to their US partner school