News from 26.06.2012 After our summer newsletter had already been sent to the printers, we suddenly received word that the organization that has financed our primary school for years is now stopping its support. This has caught us completely off guard. Udo Stolte visited the school just recently – he tells us a little about what it's like...
Enjoying life at the Shelter Now elementary school in Kabul
After our summer newsletter had already been sent to the printers, we suddenly received word that the organization that has financed our primary school for years is now stopping its support. This has caught us completely off guard. Udo Stolte visited the school just recently – he tells us a little about what it's like:
“I've been into many schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This elementary school is really something special.
Everytime when I visit Kabul, l love to talk to the children and teacher. The teachers have managed to create a great environment, in which the children can have fun learning. It's also wonderful to see how the children behave towards each other – particularly as they come from very diverse ethnic backgrounds. During the break times they play together quite happily and peacefully, in a way that children here in Germany haven't done for years.
During my last visit, I was asked if I could come back in the afternoon and give an hour's English conversation class. I was amazed when I turned up to find in addition to about 15 school students another 10 girls aged probably between 15 and 17, who aren't part of the school. They were keen to improve their English and so had turned up for the lesson. The students kept extending the end of the lesson because they were having so much fun.
This school gives hope for Afghanistan."
We're now looking for ideas on how to continue financing the school long-term. Perhaps there is a school where you live that might want to adopt one of the classes in Kabul, for example? If you know of such a school, please do get in touch. Otherwise if you would like to support this project directly, please quote the project number 6201 with your gift.
This wonderful school currently has 120 students, both boys and girls. It costs us around 2,000 euros (2500 US dollars) a month to run – that's around 17 euros (21 US dollars) per student.
Supporting education surely has to be the most sustainable form of investment in Afghanistan.