Afghanistan Projekt zur Förderung von nachhaltiger Entwicklung und Frieden

Afghanistan

Projekt zur Förderung von nachhaltiger Entwicklung und Frieden

Strengthening the Sense of Social-Responsibility, Promoting Education, Improving Environment!

Challenges

Poverty, corruption and environmental destruction are major challenges being faced by the Afghan people. In particular, lack of social responsibility is one of the biggest obstacles to sustainable development and lasting peace in Afghanistan. In the decades of war and turmoil, the ravaged country was not able to develop such a value system among its citizens. However, without responsibility of the individual for the nation can be no stable development and no lasting peace.

How can one develop a sense of social responsibility?

Tree sponsorship

The basic idea of the project follows the principle of "promotion and demand". The offer is aimed at the children of needy-families who become guardians of trees. Together with the children a tree is planted, as a common community property, in a public place (such as pedestrian ways, school courtyards, etc.) They commit themselves to providing long-term care for the tree and in return they get a high-quality education voucher, which they could not otherwise afford.

The trees will be registered, and their condition will be inspected at specified intervals by project staff together with the children and their families. In the case of successful results, the education support will be continued. To achieve sustainable results, we put great value in long-term care and on-going support.

Objectives

By taking responsibility and by providing sustained commitment to the public asset, the treecarers benefit in two respects. On the on hand they develop a sense of social responsibility and community spirit and at the same time they get the golden opportunity of a good education, long-term prospects and are offered ways out of poverty.

An important goal is also the embedding the ideas of self-responsibility and environmental protection in a community. The protection of trees by the community is an important contribution to the ecological restoration of the country. The planting of fruit trees can also bring about long term economic benefit.

The project supports needy families, regardless of their ethnic status. The high-quality education voucher on the one hand and the recommendation of the Prophet Mohammad, that everyone should plant a tree, are strong incentives for Afghan families to actively support the project.

More about Project objectives

Umwelt verbessern

Improving Environment

Afghanistan faces serious environmental problems. Since the mid-1970s forest resources have been dramatically reduced through fires, natural disasters and uncontrolled deforestation with devastating consequences for people and the environment. A natural regeneration of forests and the implementation of effective and sustainable environmental and resource protection and management are not expected in the foreseeable future.

The project "Trees for Peace" can - against the background of these difficult circumstances – make a small but important contribution to ecological and societal rehabilitation. Moreover, it is important to bring the planting of new trees under the protection of the family and community and to raise environmental awareness and establish a sense of ownership. The project also aims to actively promote the long tradition tree planting tradition of the Afghans.

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Promoting Education

Afghanistan is among the poorest countries in the world with a very high illiteracy rate. About 70 percent of over 15-year olds cannot read or write. Despite progress in recent years, there is a lack of quality and practical relevance in both education and vocational training. These deficiencies can be compensated partly by private education courses. But few families are able to finance such additional training for their children. A good education is often the only chance for poor families to get out of the poverty trap.

The project "Trees for Peace" increases the educational opportunities of children from poor families. Qualified teachers teach children in private courses according to the inclinations and preferences of the children and impart knowledge in foreign languages, natural sciences as well as teaching computer skills. A good education provides children and their families perspectives and later also better career and earning potential.

Verantwortungsbewusstsein stärken

Strengthening the Sense of Social-Responsibility

The people of Afghanistan have been stained by decades of war, violence, political instability and emigration. Since the 1970s about six million people have left their hometowns and about 3 million still live in exile or are internally displaced. The Majority of those who return back normally look for a new home outside their home towns. They feel homeless and uprooted in their own home country.

Under these difficult circumstances, individuals haven’t been able to develop binding positive values for their society and nation. Corruption and nepotism are some of the results of such a negative development.

The project "Trees for Peace" promotes the involvement of a young generation for the future welfare of the whole country. It is aimed to strengthening the responsibility of children and their families through their long-term commitment and care to the common property. Strengthening the sense of responsibility of the young generation (about 50 percent of the population is 15 years old or younger) is an important step towards social development and lasting peace in the country. The project aims also to strengthen people's confidence in the future of the country and to promote their identification with the environment.