Afghanistan’s education system has been devastated by four decades of sustained conflict, causing the Afghan’s low literacy rate. Lack of education created wrong thoughts about foreign languages, especially English. TAO’s fellow Ms. Sara Mansouri realized that most of their students do not show any interest in learning anything in English. One of the fellows conducted a survey and found that the students think, the English language is not useful for their daily life and does not affect their future. “In Afghanistan, we speak Dari, Pashto, and many other languages. I don’t believe, I would ever face a need for the English language,” said Shabana a student of the 6th-grade class.
About 63.7 percent of the Afghans are under 25 years of age who are the younger generation of Afghanistan and who play an important role in the future of the country. That is the reason, Teach For Afghanistan organization (TAO) is emphasizing on the children’s education; it helps the Afghans open up their mind and empower the young generation to become change-makers in the country.
TAO’s Fellows are working to remove the negative thinking of the students and show them the importance of the English language in their education and future life. Ms.Sara Mansouri had prepared a lecture specifically, on the history of the English language and its prominence. A few days later, she noticed that her students started showing interest in learning the language and they were trying to communicate using English words. Though the students did not know English grammar, they were still trying to communicate. Ms. Mansouri Fellow of TAO did not stop them from talking and motivated them to increase their use of the English language in the class.
Ms. Sara Fellow of TAO stated that from the psychology training at Teach For Afghanistan, she learned well how to work on the perception capability of her students. She added that, whenever she faces a problem with the way her students think, she works on their way of thinking and beliefs. “The cognitive part of a human being or the cognition is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses; which is why I work on the students’ mindset and share my knowledge and experience about the usage of English language and its benefits. I do believe my work has a great impact on students that they even began to use it while speaking in classrooms with each other.