Frequently Asked Questions
What does the word “hoshyar” mean?
Is the Hoshyar Foundation affiliated with any religious or political organization?
Why does Hoshyar focus on educating girls in Pakistan?
Pakistan has the second highest number of out-of-school girls in the world. Hoshyar focuses on secondary schooling because after grade five, girls and boys must study separately, and very few schools exist solely for girls at the higher levels.
How many schools does Hoshyar support?
How many girls has Hoshyar helped to attend school?
How does Hoshyar work with the communities it serves?
Which school costs does Hoshyar provide?
How does Hoshyar oversee the operation of the schools it sponsors?
What subjects are taught in the schools?
What kinds of extra-curricular activities are made possible by Hoshyar?
How does Hoshyar ensure that teachers are well-trained?
What is the difference between formal education and literacy training?
Formal education (K-10) includes the compulsory subjects listed above, following a standardized curriculum set by the government. Students are in class for about six hours per day. Literacy training uses a different set of materials and is designed for working girls and women. Classes are held after work for two hours a day.
What is the impact of Hoshyar’s literacy projects?
Students who complete literacy and numeracy training gain the ability to read and write, to understand the charges on their bills and pay them themselves, to read and sign contracts for piecework, and to read signs and participate with greater confidence in the world outside their home and neighborhood. They make sure their children are literate and send them to school.
How important is female education to rural families?
Rural families rely on any member who can read and write to help them negotiate the outside world. Educated women marry later, bear fewer and healthier children, and educate their children. This is true for rural as well as urban families. However, it can be difficult to sacrifice the labor of school-going girls, and this is why some rural families do not want to send their girls to school.
How is Hoshyar staffed?
How can I donate to Hoshyar?
You can donate by PayPal on our website, or send a check to Hoshyar Foundation, P.O. Box 28502, Austin TX 78755.
What is the relationship between the Hoshyar Foundation and Kilimania?
Hoshyar is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Kilimania: Fine and Tribal Rugs from Afghanistan is an independent, for-profit business which donates its profits to Hoshyar.