Trees for an Afghan Girls School

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This microproject will buy 21 trees for a sport court at a new school for 3,000 girls, grades K through 12, in Afghanistan's third largest city. Designed by an international team of architects, this public school will exemplify the importance of education for girls in Afghanistan as well as the best in sustainable design and construction appropriate to the culture and environment of northern Afghanistan. The sport court will provide an attractive outdoor recreational space for girls of all age

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Despite progress since 2002, in 2012 Afghanistan was 15th from the bottom among all nations according to the UN Human Development index, and far below all of its neighbors, based on high infant mortality, short life expectancy, and low literacy rates. Better opportunities for quality, secular education (especially for girls) will enable Afghans to lift themselves out of the dire poverty that breeds support for terrorism and makes women second-class citizens.

How will this project solve this problem?

The Gohar Khaton Girls' School is a model public school for 3,000 Afghan girls. The provincial minister of education has called it the highest quality school in the province, possibly the country. A private donor has already paid for the building, and construction is on schedule. And as with any school, safe and open space to play sports and receive physical education is an important part of any schoolgirls' development.

Potential Long Term Impact

This model public school will help build the considerable momentum to educate all girls in Afghanistan. The school demonstrates the value that national and community leaders now place on better education for girls. Designed by a team of international architects, it breaks new ground with respect to sustainable design and construction of school buildings in northern Afghanistan. This school will be a shining beacon of education for girls in northern Afghanistan for many years.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.



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Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help us support education for 28,000+ girls at 12 schools in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan. Since 2003, we have worked to build, repair and supply these schools, train teachers and improve the curriculum. High priority needs for 2014 include computer literacy training, computer equipment, desks, literacy programs, salaries for 2 Afghan women who are Sahar's liaisons with schools, teacher education and maintenance of roofs, drainage systems and security. project reportread updates from the field

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Project Leader

Ginna Brelsford

Seattle, WA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Trees for an Afghan Girls School