Building the wall that would change prospects for Qala Taj Khan’s children
A fence around a village school gave families the confidence to send their children to study
1 SEPTEMBER 2013 | LOGAR, AFGHANISTAN
For a village in eastern Afghanistan, it took a wall to start building a better future. The new fence around the school gave families the confidence to send their children to study without worrying about their safety. Till then, they feared they might be kidnapped and sold in neighboring Pakistan. Or that insurgents would try to stop girls from going to school.
The village built the wall itself - the schoolchildren’s fathers, brothers and uncles pitching in to work on the project. They were supported by the local authorities and USAID’s Stabilization in Key Areas (SIKA) East program.
Qala Taj Khan, in the troubled Mohammad Agha district in Logar province, sees education as the key to a better, more secure future.
A young man says that Kamal Kheil village near by is relatively peaceful "because its young men are employed and educated."
“A growing number of educated people help create stability and hope,” says one elder.
“Educated people do not want war,” says another, “if people had focused on education before, we wouldn’t have to protect our village (in this way) today.”
Now, Qala Taj Khan has the chance to build on its dreams.