Literacy and Slavery Prevention

By: Annakerina Rincon

There are a number of complex factors that play a role in the chain of modern slavery. People who fall victims to modern slavery, such as bonded labor, often come from impoverished backgrounds and have very few resources available to them. Many of these people, for example, do not know how to read or write, and consequently often become targets of traffickers who

force them to sign labor contracts and other documents they cannot read. It is evident, then, that literacy, and access to education are important tools in preventing slavery in the long run.

By the end of 2015, it was estimated that only 38.16% of all adults in Afghanistan knew how to read. This is the case in villages like Bendall Village in the central highlands of Afghanistan, where villagers not only suffer from discrimination because of their ethnicity, but receive little to no education due to their lack of development and access to other resources. Two years ago, a computer center was created in Bendall Village to help young villagers excel. Offering a place to learn and advance computer skills, which in our modern world are an essential part of literacy, has impacted Bendall Village in many positive ways. More than one hundred girls and boys have benefitted from the presence of this computer center, and as a result of their training they are now more qualified for future jobs that will provide them and their families with a source of income.

An additional benefit of this computer center has been its nearby location to most families in Bendall Village. Many girls and boys were not able to learn computer skills before the computer center because their schools were so far away; this lack of access is one of the main factors in slavery, and the school will be a  preventative tool for Bendall Village. Now, young villagers are able to go to the computer center safely and learn in a positive environment.

Educating the young population of Bendall Village and others in Afghanistan is an important part in breaking the cycle of poverty present in these villages. Providing necessary educational tools that create alternative sources of income for villagers can significantly reduce their vulnerability to slavery.

By ending extreme poverty, we can one day end slavery. Will you donate today and help us continue in our mission to bring hope and education to these villages?