In Afghanistan, where many years of military conflict and political crisis have adversely affected development, it is not possible for children living in rural areas to go to school and receive an education.
According to a report prepared by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in January, There are 7.9 million school-age children in Afghanistan who have great difficulty accessing educational opportunities.
To reduce this need, the “Pen Path” Association started its educational activities in 2009.
The Pen Path Association, founded to launch school-building campaigns in areas where there are no schools in the country and has been instrumental in opening dozens of schools since 2009, works to meet the educational needs of children by establishing mobile schools and libraries in Afghanistan. The situation is getting worse.
The association is currently working in Maruf and Spin Boldak districts of Kandahar. It has been serving 16 villages for the last 7 months. And aims to increase these activities across the country.
Volunteer educators within the association travel daily to the village in 3-wheeled mobile cars, known as “Zaranc”, equipped with books and educational materials, and teach children according to the curriculum of the Afghan Ministry of Education.
Through mobile schools and libraries Where children from 1 to 9 years of age are taught, material support is provided for them up to 12th class.
Although most of the lessons are taught in Pashto, it is mainly the dominant language of the region Courses such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, History, Literature, English and Dari are offered.
During the pre-Taliban period, the association focused on its activities, especially in villages deprived of education in conflict areas, and organized social campaigns to get girls to go to school.
The association receives support from tribal and opinion leaders, religious and business people, and Afghan volunteers from various quarters. The educational materials collected so far have been distributed to one lakh students across the country.
Through its educational activities, the association helps students who cannot go to school to dream of the future.
In post-Taliban Afghanistan, girls in grades 7-12 are still not allowed to go to school. For this reason, the association established “secret schools” throughout the city where female students take classes on a permanent basis. In these classes, female students in grades 7-12 receive education in a converted home classroom.
The association expects support from the international community to develop its educational activities across the country.
On the other hand, it is known that thousands of students are receiving education through the activities of the association.
“We need more help”
Matiullah Vesa, president of the association, made a statement to the AA representative on the educational activities and goals.
Noting that there are no schools, teachers or jobs in the area they have visited, Vesa said they are trying to increase the region’s opportunities in this area.
Noting that they are expecting help from the international community and organizations for the association’s activities, Vesa said that mobile schools are the first educational institution for children here and it makes them very happy.
The activities of the Vesa Association are as follows:
“Afghanistan is in a very bad situation right now. We need more help. So we started this kind of effort to help Afghans give their best. We will train in places where there are no teachers. For remote areas, mobile schools will be the only hope for children.” They have been deprived of education for years and the rest of the children will have access to education.
Noting that they are planning to open online classes for girls’ education, Vesa said of their demands from the Taliban: Allocate a special budget to the Ministry of Education. ” Used phrases.
“There is something to be done for Afghanistan”
“Why are you a volunteer?” Said Medina, 22, one of the traveling schoolteachers. “There is something to be done for Afghanistan. Millions of girls are being deprived of schooling due to lack of female teachers. There are no female teachers in most parts of the country. I have started teaching here so that girls can get education.” “Answered.
Mentioning that children have a lot of desire to learn, Medina said, “When I teach girls through Pen Path Mobile School, I see a lot of joy and hope in their faces.” Says
“I’m glad to study here.”
The children at the school mentioned in Spin Boldak district also expressed their happiness.
A girl named Nazina mentioned that she learned new things in every lesson she went to school and it made her happy for her future.
Nazina said, “I am very happy to be able to study here. I want to be a teacher to train other students. It makes me very happy that other girls come here and learn.” Used phrases.
Another student, Muhammad Mirwais, said: “I’m very happy to be here. Says
Also, the residents of the village are very satisfied with such educational activities and said that more mobile schools should be established.
A villager used the following statement in this regard:
“We are very happy because of these schools. Because our children, especially our girls were uneducated. Not a single girl has been able to go to school in the last nine months after the Taliban. So, we are happy that such schools are run by the Penn Path Association.”
The rural areas of Afghanistan are basically deprived of all infrastructure services Most of the villages are waiting for services in many areas like electricity, water, heating and sewerage.
For this reason, even though most villages do not have schools, teachers and teaching materials, the support of the international community and organizations is vital.