Daikundi is a remote province in Afghanistan. The people of the province are living in a difficult situation and with scare resources. Provision of literacy and skill training is a good opportunity for the people, particularly for women population for the improvement of their lives.

 

UNESCO, with the financial commitment of the Government of Japan, supported Enhancement of literacy (ELA) programme for the nine months literacy and skills based literacy classes. Bomana was one of the literacy learners who had the opportunity to take both components of the courses in her province. Her life story is as follows:

 

“I, Miss. Bomana, daughter of Murad was born in the year 1987 in the Mina Qul village of Nilli district in Daikundi province. My father had seven children (two boys and five daughters) and I was his second child in the family.

I got married when I was 12 years old and now I have 3 children (two girls and one boy). My husband had worked as a teacher in an organization and then joined the government as a head master of the school.

Three years ago my husband married with one of his students in the school. We were not happy in this relationship so I was forced to go to my father’s house. I was very disappointed and I did not know what to do.

In the year 2010, I joined UNESCO literacy course in my village in Daikundi province. I followed the nine month literacy and completed the literacy course with success.

After the completion of literacy course, I went to the court and got official divorce from my husband in writing at the end of 2010. In this time I had 3 children and I was the only source of income for my family.”

 

Since she was an outstanding learner in the basic literacy course, she qualified for admission in the skill based literacy course in her village. She successfully graduated from her course in 2011.

 

“I have been given training and practice in poultry keeping. I enjoyed this training very much and I was good at it. Therefore, I decided to keep a small poultry farm in my house. The farm was not only providing food for my family, but there was also enough production in my farm to sell the products in my village, which brings enough income to my family.”

 

Bomana is an example of a successful learner of poultry keeping class and how she supported other women in poultry keeping in her village. She has earned a great respect in her village for helping others.

 

Bomana says, “Now I am very happy with my life and enjoy life with my family. I am very thankful to ELA Programme, UNESCO, and people of Japan who have helped me to improve my life”

Source: UNESCO Afghanistan