Thousands of children at Faiz Mohammad Kateb Primary School in Dasht-e-Barchi, in Kabul city’s PD13, are forced to sit in the dirt on the side of a mountain every day in their bid to get an education.
These children have no school buildings nor facilities, no desks and no chairs and numbering almost 9,000, they are taught in three shifts, out in the open, in all weather conditions.
Teachers and residents in the area have slammed government over this and said they have sent at least 20 letters to the Ministry of Education (MoE) regarding the problem but to date nothing has been done.
“We sent twenty letters to the ministry of education, but nothing has been resolved,” said a resident in the area Mohammad Hussain Rizwani.
One of the children, Hawa, spoke out about the situation and said: “We do not have desks and chairs, and we learn under the sun.”
“I get headaches from the sun and I get ill,” said another student Zahra.
But despite the lack of resources and school buildings, these children eagerly attend classes and take an interest in their studies.
Teachers spoke out about the situation and said they worry about an outbreak of diseases among other things.
They also drove home the fact that there was no equipment, books or facilities.
“There are no classrooms or chairs,” said one teacher Zahra.
Another teacher, Assadullah said: “There are a lot of problems; there are no books, there is no proper administration and children can’t study properly.”
Land was however allocated for the establishment of a proper school seven years ago but to date nothing has been done about this by the ministry of education, said teachers.
According to them, at least 3,000 students have so far left the school because of the lack of facilities.
One resident, Nasir Fayaz, said: “Every family donated 150 AFs to clear this land so the children could sit here.”
Teachers however appealed to government and the NUG leaders to hear their pleas and resolve the problem.
“We call on the president and the chief executive to do something for this school and our students,” said teacher Mohammad Arif Haidari.
“We have rented a building for the students to use it as school, but the students learn on the land which had been allocated for their school, building a school takes years, I hope that the rented building handles their problems,” said Kabir Haqmal, head of publication department of MoE.
Millions of dollars have been spent on the education sector in Afghanistan, but there are countless schools across the country that are in the same predicament – either in tents or in the open air.