Our Schools

In March village elders and district officials convened a jirga (meeting) to initiate the school building. Godfrey and local coordinator Abdullah Turkman arrived in late May after a 300 mile journey from Kabul to find the building work well advanced, the walls having been completed and preparations underway to erect the roof which has since been completed.

Designed to take up to 300 pupils from six local madrassas, the school is due to open next Spring. The local community, which has been strongly behind this project from the start, have been extremely helpful in sourcing the best and most economical materials for the building.

A poor and remote region of the country, Lal is situated at 9,000 feet in upper Ghor province near the source of the Hari Rud river. Accessing it by road from Bamiyan means driving more than 100 miles on dirt roads with passes up to 12,000 feet. This is the route by which much of the material for the new women's learning centre arrived. In June Godfrey came this way with Kabul university teacher and Galloway friend Helen Kilner, driver Shafiq and Abdullah Turkman from Bagh-e-Bostan.
In Lal they met up with co-ordinator Jawad and head teacher Khadija to check potential school sites and visit the mosque and private house where the courses are currently being held. The women students have already achieved high levels of numeracy and literacy and were being well supported by the community and local government.
The learning centre is now complete and being used by the residents of Shahrak Mohajireen and Chasm-e-Sarcoba villages.


Lumrukdesh School

Nuristan is a remote, mountainous region in northeast Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan.

2002 opened up the possibility for secular, co-educative schools in a region where illiteracy was at 99%. Five Schools were established in the villages of Lumrukdesh, Atetti, Samanak, Patchigram and Apsai, funded through Afghan Schools. These schools ran freely for 6 years until 2008 when the situation began to deteriorate in the area and eventually in 2011 all the schools closed. Locals are looking after them now and hopefully they will reopen as soon as things improve. On a cheerfull note, we met 2 of the original children from Lumrukdesh school at University in Rajistan, India in 2010 and they recounted 5 other friends from their year who were at universities in Afghanistan or abroad. Assuming the same sort of success rates over the 6 years in the 5 schools gives hope for the future.


























Afghan Schools has set up a programme to promote communication between children here and in Afghanistan. A series of presentations given to schools in our area and further afield attracted a lot of interest, and pupils have exchanged letters and drawings.