The dynamics of conflicts in Afghanistan has become more complicated. The government still cannot control the half of the country although the Peace Talks have been taking place. It seems to take much more time to bring Afghanistan peace. Attacks aiming to disrupt the election caused mass casualties when the presidential election was held in the end of September. In terms of the election, the votes had to be recounted due to system malfunction and vote rigging, and disputes over the interim results may continue. On educational sites, they don’ t have sufficient number of classrooms, teachers and teaching material across the country. It could be said that the learning environment needed to be developed.
2019 Activity Report
1. School Construction Project
We constructed a building with 8 classroom and a facility with five toilets at the Hassan Zai school in Kabul. After the construction has completed, we provided learning equipment including desks and chairs, and held an inauguration ceremony inviting teachers, children, officers from the Ministry of Education and people from the local community. Before starting to use the building, a maintenance training of the school building was conducted for school teachers and community members. A total of 421 children will start learning in the safe classrooms from the new semester beginning in the end of March 2020.
In a part of Nangahar Province, we have conducted the Improving Learning Environment of Primary Schools Project via school building construction and library activities. In 2015, we constructed two school buildings in Kabul City which can support approximately 2,400 children to study in comfortable classrooms from March 2016, and conducted teacher workshops for 300 teachers of nine schools and librarian workshops for 60 teachers and librarians of 15 schools. Also, we published five picture books and a paper theater, five picture books.
2. School Library Project
On average, 298 books were lent out per school at 26 targeted schools in Nangarhar and 226 books at 9 schools in Kabul. The overall average was 255 books per school, increasing from 208 in the previous year. We set up a library room at 15 schools, including the newly constructed school: 5 schools in Kabul and 10 schools in Nangarhar. We conducted training for teachers and librarians at each targeted school except the newly constructed school. We also published 5 titles of picture books and a title of paper theater.
3. Children’s Reading Promotion Project
Children Library operated by Jalalabad Office has opened for 242 days excluding weekends and holidays. The total number of users was 40,397 for the year, or 166 per day (51% were girls). The number of book lent by users was 14,730 books. We also held a learning course for out of school children and 40 children completed it. Transfer procedures have been completed for the children who participated in it last year and all 40 children entered public schools.
Picture books/paper theaters published: 6 title, 12,400 books
Library activity participants: 40,397
orkshop participants: 789
chools constructed: 1