Amid poverty and political insecurity in Central Asia, gender divisions are making quality education for girls increasingly difficult to access, particularly in remote areas. This not only perpetuates the cycle of disadvantage for women in work, but also hinders broader society.
To overcome this cycle, Jodi is involved in training up female teachers to work in remote areas, to increase access to education for girls.
So far, a cohort of young women from several villages have graduated from the teacher training program. Even with political upheaval disrupting all government institutions, most teachers in the cohort are still teaching in government schools in their villages almost 2 years later.
“It has been a privilege to share with young women that they are created in the image of God and seen and loved by Him,” Jodi said.
“Fathers see transformation in their daughters into young women who are self-assured and equipped to serve their communities.”
Seeing the transformation in their lives, there have been changed attitudes towards girls and education. Schools have reported an increased number of girls attending, and an improvement in the quality of teaching to benefit their communities overall.
“We have seen God’s faithfulness as we depend on Him through the many challenges. And in all of this, we see small glimpses of the Kingdom of God.”
Jodi* is an Interserve worker equipping women in Central Asia.
Names have been changed.