The Best of Our Knowledge
1:26 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

The Best of Our Knowledge # 986

Albany, NY – IMPROVING WORLDWIDE LITERACY
THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN FOR UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION -

The Global Campaign for Education claims some 75-million children worldwide are unable to attend primary school. The Global Campaign is a coalition of NGOs and teachers unions from around the world, and it's pushing for all children to receive a free public education to become more literate. One step towards that goal may come from the Obama administration, as we hear in this TBOOK report from Washington.

Laura Iiyama reports. (5:04)

LEARNING IN THE LINE OF FIRE/EDUCATION ON THE FIRING LINE -

Violence continues to erupt in Afghanistan, as Taliban forces wage their war of terror. Civilians in that country are obviously apprehensive. People in the village of Guldara are particularly concerned about their school. After the Taliban last attacked the school, villagers rebuilt it. And now, they're putting their lives on the line to try and keep that school open. World Vision Report's, Will Everett, went on location to Guldara, Afghanistan for this incredible up close perspective.

Will Everett reports. (3:18)

EDUCATING KABUL'S STREET CHILDREN -

Then we meet more children who are on the front lines of survival. Afghanistan is a country where tens of thousands of children roam the streets - orphaned, abandoned, or simply struggling to help their families. There are an estimated 60 to 70-thousand street kids in Kabul alone.

It was a chance meeting between one of these children and an Afghan engineer, Mohammad Yousef, which led to the creation of Aschiana. Aschiana is an education and outreach institution aimed at providing rudimentary schooling and vocational training for street children and orphans. It now has seven centers in Kabul and other towns around the country.

Despite being constantly strapped for cash, its staff believes in the redemptive power of art, education, and sports for healing some of the wounds the children have suffered.

Radio Netherland's, Gert Jan Rohmensen was in Afghanistan recently, visited the Aschiana School, and got these revealing details from Mohammad Yousef.

Gert Jan Rohmensen reports. (10:55)