To expand educational opportunities so that all individuals receive the best possible education, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. We understand the important role that education plays in society - it allows students of all abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and ethnicities to come together to learn not only about academics and the world around them, but also about each other. To this end, PATHS is building a school for children with disabilities in Afghanistan so that they may contribute to the future stability of their country.
PATHS will develop The Exceptional Children's Laboratory School to train teachers and expand educational opportunities for children who suffer from a wide-range of disabilities in grades K through12 in Afghanistan.
Disabled children in Afghanistan have suffered for years with cognitive and physical impairments due to land mines, the spread of polio, poverty, malnutrition, pre-natal drug abuse and decades of war, while more than 75% of these children receive no formal education whatsoever.
We want all children to have an opportunity to obtain an education - regardless of ability.
We are a non-profit organization of parents working in partnership with teachers to improve the educational opportunities for all children.
But we must do more than just build schools; we must also develop the human infrastructure necessary to support and expand the Afghan education system. Afghanistan needs teachers, including special education teachers that can assist children with disabilities in reaching their full potential.
Operation Exceptional Child rises above religion and politics and is a campaign of pure goodness. It will be a first for Afghanistan, and a real contribution in winning over the local population and creating greater peace and prosperity for Afghans and their neighbors.
The path to success for all students lies in creating greater educational opportunties.
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Please take a look at an interview that I gave to raise awareness about the plight of disabled children in Afghanistan.