I continue to be impressed with the close association between physical health and grown in literacy and general education. One of the most celebrated successes in literacy development surrounds the Central Asia Institute (CAI) whose mission is to promote and support community-based education in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. As of 2010, CAI had successfully established 145 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, providing primary school to over 64,000 students, with an emphasis on girls’ education. Built on the philosophy of empowering local people through their own initiative, CAI also makes investments into teacher training, and more recently has expanded their projects to include vocational skills training and school health promotion. CAI began as the dream of one man, Greg Mortenson, who with perseverance and integrity cast an inspiring vision that thousand of others are now pursuing. Development of CAI is documented in the book Three Cups Of Tea.
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