Putting Student Safety First

Community leaders and students join in celebrating the successful completion of the school surrounding wall construction project
Community leaders and students join in celebrating the successful completion of the school surrounding wall construction project.
USAID/CBSG
The Gharati Village middle school surrounding wall has assured parents of their children’s safety
30 NOVEMBER 2011 | HIRAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
With USAID support, the community and the Provincial Line Department of Education collaborated to construct the Gharati Middle School surrounding wall, providing a safe learning environment for students.
 
Providing a safe learning environment for children has proven a challenge for the Afghan government.
 
Insurgents, whose attitude toward education is often at odds with that of the local community, target schools to destabilize communities and demonstrate the government’s inability to provide a safety for its children.
As a result of funding limitations, the Gharati Village Middle School in Adraskan District, located 95 km from the provincial center of Hirat Province, did not have a surrounding wall. The 3,800 students and 60 teachers at the school were at risk of being kidnapped or intimidated by insurgents because of the open space in front of the school.
 
At the request of the community, USAID funded the construction of surrounding wall for school. The project was successfully implemented by the local community in collaboration with the Provincial Line Department of Education.
 
After the wall was completed, the school headmaster highlighted the importance of the project by stating, “Lack of a secure learning environment was a major community grievance. We are happy that our local government is now capable of responding to our priority grievances and providing us the services we need.”
 
The project has had multiple effects. Not only has it improved the learning environment for teachers and students in this underserved part of Hirat Province, but it also contributed to better communication and cooperation between the community and their local government, thus ensuring a long-term stability.

Last updated: January 07, 2014

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