You are here

You are here

Improving Adolescents’ Lives in Afghanistan

In rural Afghanistan, youth represent a large proportion of the population, but they are largely invisible as citizens.  Subject to traditional, conservative norms that include unsupportive attitudes towards education, most girls and boys do not complete their secondary studies and are obliged to marry before the age of 18. 

In response to this, from May 2017 to April 2020, the Aga Khan Foundation and it partners undertook the Improving Adolescents’ Lives in Afghanistan (IALA) programme to work with over 176,720 adolescents and young adults in the Afghan central highlands, helping them to gain the confidence and skills and opportunities necessary to act as effective agents of change in their communities. Going forward, they realise that only with their full participation in society will life in rural Afghanistan really improve for all.