Help for Schools
Already in the refugee camps in Pakistan we had been asked to rebuild the schools in Northern Afghanistan which had been destroyed in the fighting. After the withdrawal of the Soviet troops the opportunity occurred for our committee to work in the Andkhoi area.
Since the withdrawal of the Taliban boys and girls have started going to school in most parts of Afghanistan. In some rural areas education has however not become the norm for girls yet, especially if the areas are not considered safe enough. In the north, especially in the towns, girls and boys are attending school. However, the Afghan state does not have the necessary financial means to build schools for all of the 7 millions children who want to go to school nowadays. Therefore, many students are still taught in the open air, in tents, in unsuitable rented rooms or even in ruins.
The Afghan Ministry of Education has made available detailed construction documents in the internet according to which NGOs can construct school buildings. In order to do so, NGOs have to be registered with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Finance. Furthermore, they have to report to those ministries regularly. For each project, the authorities have to give their approval.
Since 1988 we have constructed 41 schools in the province of Faryab, further 22 schools got smaller additional buildings and another 12 schools were repaired. In the province of Balkh we have constructed 13 schools, one in Samangan and two in Kunar. In total we have built classrooms for 62.000 children in Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Education has developed new school books and distributed them to the schools, but not everywhere and not to all children in all subjects and the teachers have problems using the new books but unfortunately the special guidelines for them are not always available.
Teachers who have not yet been fully trained, but area already employed as teachers by the state, have to attend the Teacher Training College in the afternoon, however, some of the trainers are not trained well enough either.
Everyone knows about the problems in the state schools and everyone is trying their best to overcome the problems. We have set up our Education Centre and also offer courses, especially in mathematics, in some schools. Furthermore, we are organizing teacher training seminars and give in-service training to teachers who "work" as assistant in our courses.