Barakat’s 6th Annual Walk for Literacy
Local agency raises money & awareness for education in Afghanistan & Pakistan
Cambridge, MA – In Afghanistan, more than 5 million children – 42 percent of the population – are not enrolled in school. In Pakistan, 7 million children – 60 percent of them girls – do not have access to primary education. Afghani and Pakistani children are not enrolled in government schools due to economic and social barriers such as distance, transportation, or family and religious beliefs that do not permit them to attend formal school.
Because of these dire statistics, programs and fundraisers are in place to ensure the human right to primary education and increase literacy rates. Barakat’s 6th Annual Walk for Literacy will take place on Saturday September 28, starting at Cambridge Commons at 10 a.m. The five-mile course will lead walkers through Harvard Square, along the esplanade and back to Cambridge Commons. The Walk is Barakat’s largest fundraising and awareness event each year and relies on community members’ involvement.
In 2012, more than 1,800 children – over 40 percent of them girls – graduated from Barakat Inc.’s five schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. An additional 799 girls and women graduated from Barakat’s lower-level and higher-level literacy programs in Afghanistan. This year, 3,300 children and women are enrolled in the 2012-2013 school year for Barakat’s five schools and two literacy programs – a 34 percent increase over last year’s enrollment.
Barakat is a non-profit based in Cambridge and is dedicated to providing exemplary basic education in Afghanistan and Pakistan that advances literacy and increases access to secondary education, particularly for girls and women.
If you’d like more information about Barakat’s Walk for Literacy, or to schedule an interview with Hai Nguyen, please call our office at 617-876-3830 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is also provided online at www.barakatworld.org.