MERCY Little Caliph (MLC)

Project MERCY Little Caliph (MLC)
Objectives

• To prepare children for primary school • Psychosocial intervention

Project Partners -
Activities

Conduct classes in basic Pashto, Dari and English: providing Islamic studies and Mathematic education based on the syllabus approved by the Department of Education, Afghanistan • Vaccination and daily meal supplement for all students.

Locations Kandahar City , Afghanistan
Period October 2003 to 31 December 2013
Accomplishments

• 210 young pupils have completed their primary education since 2003 • Pupils have been immunised under the CHC Extended Programme for Immunisation

Background

In the last ten years, Afghanistan has been involved in a conflict which has tormented the civilian population, with targeted killings, suicide bombings and military operations becoming a normal part of everyday life. During the Taliban period of rule: girls were discouraged and at times banned from attending schools. For almost 30 years, Afghan children have been affected by conflict, resulting in low adult literacy as a national problem. Only half of the children are in school today, many have to work in the fields or the streets to support their families. MERCY Malaysia took the initiative to enhance life chances among children aged between 5 to 10 years, by providing basic education. Even though this project does not fall within the confines of MERCY Malaysia’s main mandate, we consider it and important contribution to the country’s effort to build a better educated and healthier younger generation throughout its population.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Little Caliph provides pre-school education for children aged between 5 to 10 years, for both girls and boys, providing them with pre-school education, preparing them for the school year. Located in the safe environment of the Comprehensive Health Centre (CHC) building, the school caters to 30 children for each session, providing them with basic language and mathematics skills and Islamic studies each year. The programme provides the children with vaccinations and daily meal supplements. From December 2012, approximately 30 children were taught basic Pashto, Dari and English: provided Islamic studies and mathematical education based on a syllabus, approved by the Department of Education.