UBC Education Alumnus Spreads Literacy in Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates believes that literacy is the key to helping Afghanistan achieve permanent stability, security and gender equality.

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UBC Faculty of Education alumnus Lauryn Oates (Photograph by Tallulah Photography)

Since 2008, Lauryn Oates has worked with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), to spread literacy and life skills to under-educated children, youth and women. The dedicated CW4WAfghan projects director recently graduated with a PhD in Language and Literacy Education from UBC’s Faculty of Education in November 2012.

CW4WAfghan also focuses on training Afghanistan’s teachers—many of whom haven’t finished high school—and donates 500-book library kits and comprehensive science kits to communities, villages and schools. So far, CW4WAfghan has graduated 4,000 Afghan teachers from its programs and puts 50,000 girls through school every year.

Read the full article by Roberta Staley in TREK Magazine here.