Children

Almost half of Afghanistan's population is under 15 years of age. Children's position in society is weak. Violence and conflicts pose a major threat to their development opportunities.

Children form a considerable part of the Afghan population. They are also, literally, the country's future. In order to help to develop the country in a better direction, children's rights to a good education must be fulfilled. The number of children attending school, and particularly the percentage of girls, is on the rise.

Despite this, there is still great need. Lack of schools, poorly-trained teachers, inadequate school books all combine to mean that children cannot attend school, or that their education does not provide them with the necessary knowledge. Violent conflicts and poverty mean that children cannot actually get to school, or they have to work to help support their families.

An especially vulnerable group are children with disabilities. Because of prevailing prejudices, many of these children are  hidden away and not allowed to go to school. SCA focuses on this group by establishing schools for children with disabilities and making serious efforts to change attitudes towards their situation.

An important part of SCA’s work for children with disabilities, is to integrate them into mainstream classes. An increasing number of these children have also been successfully integrated, after first having completed preparatory education specifically designed to meet their needs. 

Another disadvantaged group are the children of nomadic families. SCA has launched a special project establishing schools designed to suit nomadic families.