Project information

Bakhmal Basi School Construction, Rustaq District

Bakhmal Basi is a community-based school. It started as a single class for grade 1 students in a village far from the nearest formal school. Set up at the request of the villagers, each year a new class has been added. Now it teaches to grade 10 & needs a building so that students can study together

May 2018 - May 2019

Charity information: Afghan Connection

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  • Need

    Need

    In the remote region of Rustaq, North East Afghanistan, where this project is based, it is often too far to walk to the nearest government school and many children, especially girls, are denied an education as a result. Children at Bakhmal Basi School currently study outside without even basic facilities such as running water or a latrine. It is particularly difficult for girls to stay in school in this environment as it is considered culturally unacceptable as they get older.

    Solution

    Construction of a school building will transform the working environment for pupils from the local community. Community Based Education (CBE) is a simple, cost effective way to educate children in remote areas. Attending school locally will give parents more confidence to allow their children, especially daughters, to complete a good quality education within a secure and safe environment that a school building provides. Teachers are from the community and are known and trusted by parents.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Construct a school building for 154 children and 7 teachers.

    Activities

    » Construction will start in spring 2018. It will comprise building & furnishing of 6-room classroom block, 5 latrines 2 admin rooms & surrounding wall
    » The local community has allocated land for construction and will contribute their labour once construction begins which will ensure sustainability.

    Success will be the completion of the school building. Parents will be more willing to send their children to a school which provides a safe and secure environment.


    Aim 2

    Increase attendance and encourage pupils, especially girls, to complete their education.

    Activities

    » Provide a secure school building which will encourage more children to attend school and increase their chances of completing a quality education.

    Success will be an increase in school enrolment, especially of girls, a fall in drop out rates and more children overall completing their education.


    Aim 3

    Highlight CBE as an effective way for children in rural areas to have access to education.

    Activities

    » By supporting CBE school construction, AC will showcase it as a model of excellence and try to influence the government to be more involved.
    » Encourage and support both the community and local education authorities to lobby Government to take on the running of more CBE classes.

    Success will be gaining government recognition of the value of CBE schools and for them to agree to invest in their management and maintenance in the long term.


  • Impact

    Impact

    If parents know their children can study in a safe environment, more children, especially girls, will complete school. More educated women will improve the quality of family life and society as a whole. An educated population will help to develop the overall prosperity in this poor area. AC will receive feedback on attendance levels and will observe the progress of pupils and how education starts to affect the community.

    Risk

    Afghanistan has security challenges and there are those who are opposed to education, especially for girls. AC partners the NGO, The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, present in the region for over 30 years and who are trusted by the community. AC/SCA are supporting education at the request of the community. The Community has to contribute its resources and thereby has ownership over the future of the school. This region has enjoyed good security and there is not a Taliban influence.

    Reporting

    Afghan Connection will report to donors annually. The reporting will include information on the school construction, pupil evaluation, financial records and photos. Information will be based on monitoring visits and quarterly reports carried out by our locally-based partner, SCA.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £129,568

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      Amount Heading Description
      £97,551 Materials & Equipment Materials and equipment required for the school construction
      £10,154 Personnel Project Staff (including project engineer)
      £3,409 Miscellaneous Miscellaneous
      £5,497 Furnishing Desks and Chairs for the classrooms
      £12,957 AC costs Operating costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Private Donor £1,000 Guaranteed
    Private Donor £1,000 Guaranteed
    Forte Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Private Donor £1,500 Guaranteed
    Private Donor £2,000 Guaranteed
    Afghan Connection unrestricted funds £10,704 Guaranteed
    MariaMarina Foundation £11,583 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Rustaq is a poor district in a remote region of N E Afghanistan. It has a population of 270,000 and receives very little aid. Agriculture provides the main employment opportunity but 75% of the land is subject to drought leading to poor economic conditions. Much of the adult population is illiterate but they value the importance of learning and want their children to be educated. While there are no records of any major security problems since 2001, this situation is kept constantly under review

    Beneficiaries

    The children of Bakhmal Basi School, their families and ultimately the community. The school will ensure education of children who might otherwise have been kept at home. The construction of the school and its benefits are part of a wider project to provide this area with teacher training and school constructions for schools that have no buildings over their own. The long-term aim is to replicate these projects in other districts bringing much needed support for education.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Working in Afghanistan for 15 years, AC has funded 46 schools providing education to 75,000 children. AC works closely with the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) which has been present in the country for over 30 years. Committed, well respected and experienced, they know how to get things done on the ground. By channeling funds directly through the SCA, AC has been able to ensure that there is no corruption, that the money raised is focused on projects and projects stay within budget.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Dr Sarah Fane

    Sarah is CEO and founder of AC. She visits Afghanistan on a regular basis to monitor the projects, visit communities and coordinate with the SCA.

    Najiba Sanjar

    SCA Education Officer. Najiba is responsible for supervising project implementation in the field.