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.
In 2018, Akademos added seven new scholars to KOTS, bringing the total number of scholars to 12. Replicating the model used by Akademos scholar Freshta Ahmadi, of the newly added scholars, three are student-teachers who will be teaching two classes and assist a greater number of disadvantaged and vulnerable young students in getting an education.
- Freshta Ahmadi – runs a cave-school for about 30 local disadvantaged children in Bamiyan.
- Sadiq – is from Mulla Ghulam in Bamiyan, is a former brick-maker who now attends primary school.
- Syed Abulfazl – is from Foladi, Bamiyan. He is a former shepherd who had to work hard to support his family. He now attends primary school.
- Syed Hamidullah – is from Foladi, Bamiyan. He is a former shepherd who had to work hard to support his family. He now attends primary school.
- Zainab Hussaini – a former carpet-weaver, a supporter of her family, and a very resilient girl. With a little help from Akademos, she has returned to school and is now pursuing her goals with motivation and inspiration.
- Rahmatullah – a former child-laborer, he is now a student at Royesh Private School. Our scholarship provides him with a monthly stipend so he doesn’t have to work in the streets.
- Farhad – is in the 1st grade at Royesh Private School. His father is deceased and his mother is a domestic worker.
- Fahima – from Kabul, teaches ten to fifteen disadvantaged young students from Dasht-e Barchi at the Rahila Library.
- Zakira – from Kabul, teaches ten to fifteen disadvantaged young students from Dasht-e Barchi at the Rahila Library.
- Hussaindad Asghari – from Bamiyan, teaches eight subjects a week to sixteen disadvantaged students in grades 3-6 (11 girls and 5 boys).
- Samana – a young former carpet-weaver, now attends primary school.
- Shaima – a young former carpet-weaver, now attends primary school.