School projects in Qala-ye Murad Bek
(as of March 2012)
1. School project in Qala-ye Murad Bek
"Highschool Mohammad Hasan Khan" (since March 2012)
Building start: April 2004 – completion/dedication: March 2005
After extensive research, IAWA chose the town of Qala-ye Murad Bek for a school project. This town, situated appr. 30 km north of Kabul, was fiercely embattled during the war between the Mujaheddin and the Taliban. Its schools were bombed, and so the children (from the town as well as from the surrounding countryside) had to be taught in open air, regardless of weather, temperature, or season, and in tents provided by the UN.
The population consists primarily of refugees, among them a great many single women with children, who had fled from the war to Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan, and have now returned to their still partly destroyed home town of Qala-ye Murad Bek.
In appreciation of IAWA’s commitment, the community provided a 4000 m2 square meters campus areal free of cost. – The laying of the foundation for the school took place in mid-April of 2004, with Laila Noor in attendance. During the construction period Laila Noor repeatedly travelled to Afghanistan to keep herself informed on the progress, and to coordinate proposals and suggestions concerning the building with the school’s principal.
The dedication and official transfer of the school, which had received generous financial support from the UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe e.V. in Bonn and from many other sponsors, took place in March 2005. IAWA’s president Laila Noor and its treasurer Jutta Freifrau von Taube represented the association. An official delegation from the town of Qala-ye Murad Bek, the Afghan Minister of Education as well as members of the German Embassy and French officers of the International Security Assistance Force/ISAF (which had donated part of the furniture) were also present.
The one-story school building inside a 6-foot wall is solidly built. It has 11 classrooms, a teachers’ room, a conference room, a meanwhile well-equipped library, and a separate area with 6 toilets. A well and a water reservoir were built. Sports grounds and a patio to promote general contact – at the request of the local community – were added as well. To the delight of students and staff there is also a beautiful garden. Recently, a gatekeeper’s lodge has been built, and a security guard provides round-the-clock protection.
The school, which originally was designed for 500 students, now accommodates 2000 girls and boys, who are taught separately in 3 shifts.
The school employs 20 teachers, a manager and principal, as well as a gardener and a guard. In order to be able to teach at this school, some of the staff put up with a one-hour commute. The salaries and running costs for the school are paid by the Afghan government.
In December 2005 literacy and sewing courses for women were added to the school program 3 afternoons a week. The courses, led by 2 teachers, are attended by 65 women each, and interest in them is growing. IAWA provided the basic materials for these courses and pays for the two teachers ($50.- a month each). To date, the women have manufactured clothing not only for themselves and their families, but also, as part of “Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe”, for needy members of the community; and they have begun to produce handcrafted items for sale.
The school in Qala-ye Murad Bek, still under the care of IAWA, is the only school which is operative year round. It has an excellent reputation, both locally and at the Ministry, and thus the Afghan Superminister and the Afghan Minister of Education suggested during a visit in May 2008 that the school be advanced to highschool level, offering 13 grades and the finishing ‘Abitur’. In order to implement this suggestion, the school would need additional classrooms, staff, and teaching materials.
After the last visit of Laila Noor in 2010 IAWA plans to add another store to the school building in Qala-ye Murad Bek.
2. School project in Qala-ye Murad Bek - Extension of the school
Building start: September 2011 – completion/dedication: March 2012
With the help of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which placed € 37.500,- at IAWA’s disposal for the extension of the school in Qala-ye Murad Bek, IAWA started to add another floor to the building of the school in Qala-ye Murad Bek in autumn 2011. In spite of the cold winter IAWA succeeded to complete this new floor in time for the beginning of the new school year in March 2012. The dedication and official transfer of the floor took place in March 2012 in the presence of IAWA’s president Laila Noor.
1. School project in Pul-i Tscharchi
"Highschool Ghulam Mohammad Farhad " (since March 2010)
Building start: June 2006 – completion/dedication March 2007
The second project concerns the village of Pul-i Tscharchi (called “village of the poor”), situated appr. 40 km east
of Kabul. The 23-year long war has been particularly hard on the population of this community.
A school did indeed exist in this village, but the run-down building, in part without windows and doors, had only 8 classrooms and 4 toilets, and could not possibly accommodate its 3500 students. Many of them had to be taught in 2 tents provided by the UN, as well as in open air, regardless of weather conditions or season. Classes had to be held in 3 shifts. Moreover, the school grounds were not walled in and thus completely without security, accessible to anyone.
At the initiative of IAWA, the school was enlarged by 15 classrooms, a teacher’s room, a large conference room, a library and 6 toilets. By now, 6300 students are enrolled there. They are able to complete 12 grades and finish with the Abitur. There is also a day care center for the small children of the staff. To protect the students and the buildings the campus (24.000 square meters) was completely walled in. The high brick wall also forms part of the outer wall of the new classrooms, thus saving material and building cost.
Princess Wana, a granddaughter of the late King Zahir Shah, has offered to be responsible for the school garden and its integrated sports grounds. Princess Wana, in contact with Laila Noor, is very interested in IAWA’s projects and has expressed her readiness to be a coordinator for the association.
In March 2007, the school of Pul-i Tscharchi was officially transferred to the Afghan authorities, in the presence of IAWA’s president Laila Noor and another member of the association. The accompanying festivities, enthusiastically organized by the school staff, students, and members of the community, were also attended by the Afghan Minister of Education, the Super Minister, and a number of high-ranking officials.
Even if by now the running costs for the school and the salaries of the staff have become the responsibility of the Afghan Ministry of Education, the shortage of teaching materials and furniture, as well as repeatedly needed repairs, still require financial support and general care by IAWA.
2. Project in Pul-i Tscharchi – Building a wall
Autumn – winter 2009
In the village of Pul-i Tscharchi there is now a second school. It is attended by about 2000 girls from our “old” school, which has become too small for its many students. The Ministry of Education in Kabul has asked IAWA for help with building a wall around this girl school, since for security reasons a wall is a must for Afghan schools. Such a wall was financed at appr. $ 40.000 by IAWA last year (2009), so now those 2000 children can safely attend their classes.
3. School Project in Pul-i Tscharchi
Building start April 2010 – completion/dedication March 2011
On the 24.000 square meter area of the first school in Pul-i Tscharchi built by IAWA, our association started to build a new school. As Mrs Noor witnessed during her spring visit in 2010, some of the students had to sit on the floor during lessons, due to a lack of adequate space and the fact that student enrolment has grown to 6300. IAWA has now provided the funds for a second school building, in line with the Ministry of Education’s stipulations. This building is on the “old” school grounds and contains 12 classrooms, a teachers’ room, a conference room, and a separate area with 5 toilets, at a cost of $ 123.000. The dedication and official transfer of the school took place in March 2011, in the presence of IAWA’s president Laila Noor, the Afghan Deputy Minister of Education Mr. Pathmann, and the Afghan Senior Minister Mr. Aslan.
4. School Project in Pul-i Tscharchi
Construction start March 2013 - completion/dedication June 2014In June 2012 IAWA applied to the BMZ for € 145,000.- to erect a new school building on the campus of Pul-i Tscharchi. It was granted at the end of 2012. In the fall of 2013 the BMZ approved the extension of the schoolbuilding by two more upper floors. So now it is will be possible to teach approximately 6000 students in 24 classrooms. Laila Noor officially opened the school in June 2014.
5. School Project in Pul-i Tscharchi
Start of construction: March 2015 - Inauguration / Delivery: August 2015In October 2014, building girls' school in Pul-i-Tscharchi has been approved by one floor from the BMZ. since The school was overcrowded and children were sometimes sitting on the floor or informed outdoors. The construction began in March 2015, the building was build up by one floor with 10 classrooms at two side rooms, with benches, tables and chairs which were produced by local construction companies. With the expansion of girls' school, it is now possible to perform almost all the teaching in classrooms. By this there are more girls attending school , probably even older girls who are taught in a mixed school (but teaching in separate classes) for cultural reasons its very problematic and often impossible. but now many of them can have a chance of education until graduation . This is a great opportunity as this so uncertain time for the families in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of ISAF. Under extremely difficult security conditions, the school was inaugurated by Mrs. Noor in August 2015.