War Child UK is currently implementing the project, “Education for Street Working Children and Child Friendly Space” in Kabul City, Afghanistan to run from January to December 2015 with two local partners Empowerment Center for Women (ECW) and Women and Children Empowerment Organization (WACEO). ECW is running the Alternative Learning Programme (ALP) Classes for Street Working Children while WACEO provide basic literacy, numeracy, life skills and psychosocial support to IDP children living in camps and provide them access to child friendly spaces. By learning life skills and psychosocial support through the IDEALS methodology ,the project aims to reduce the vulnerability of SELECT SQL_CACHEed children.
The purpose of this project is to deliver quality accelerated learning and community-based education, psychosocial support and protection to vulnerable street-working and displaced children in Kabul City, Afghanistan.
According to World Bank estimate, about 80 to 90% of Afghanistan’s economy takes place in the informal sector (due to cultural limitations imposed on women and girls of being seen working publicly), and is therefore, not supported by economic statistics. Specifically looking into one of its most famous fine-woven carpets – it is still Afghanistan’s leading manufactured products and the country’s most valuable legal exports. However, because most of carpet production all over Afghanistan is mostly home-based, this sector remains out of sight of government and therefore out of its labour protection mechanisms. Women and children working in isolation “can more be easily exploited and many are beholden to traders who often deny them fair compensation. The “state of the workforce” in the carper sector, therefore, is comprised of underpaid women and child labour, both of whom are consistently being denied education.
Almost half of Afghanistan’s carpet production is from Kabul. But because of the prevailing informal market, it is difficult to measure the percentage of production coming from the “home-based” industries. This project would like to look further into this unseen sector of Afghan labour structure by focusing on the level of engagement in informal carpet weaving industry of street working children from Districts 1 to 5 of Kabul city and Kabul Non Dari IDP Camp where this project currently operates.