In 2017, Akademos Society partnered with Resources of Young Afghans (ROYA) to launch our Kids Off The Streets (KOTS) project in Afghanistan. The program provides financial assistance to child labourers, enabling them to access educational opportunities. The financial assistance covers school enrolment fees, monthly school fees and English language and computer training classes.
In our inaugural year, following a vigorous selection process, we selected 4 scholars in Bamiyan and 1 in Kabul, for whom KOTS will replace the income from their child labour and provide their educational expenses. Scholarship recipients include shepherds, a brick-maker, a student-teacher from Bamiyan, and a carpet-weaver from Kabul, who now attend school and get education. A further two candidates have been added to KOTS in 2018, bringing the total number of scholars to 7.
Click here to read more about KOTS scholars.