Among the unique elements of the school was the recently completed artwork on the school walls by six female artists selected through a nation-wide competition held by Sahar. As part of the installation of the artwork on the walls, we held a workshop with specialists that trained the young artists in how to take their artwork and transfer it to a large-scale wall participating in the actual installation. The result is wonderful as the pictures below demonstrate. Each artist acquired new skills and was able to participate in groundbreaking ways – it is certainly unusual for young women in Afghanistan to climb scaffolds and paint walls!
As Zainab said, " I do art because there is a great role of it in society, especially when society has a back log of war. Art tells us it could be better than this. As a young artist, I try my best to do what I can through the 'door' of my arts. The best thing I learned was about the colors and the meaning of colors in our life. The installation process (on the school walls) was the best experience of my life."
Below you will also find our most recent model for desks that allow 2 girls to sit together. This model, designed by local Mazar merchants, both generated income for the private sector and also allows us to have a template to replicate for the quantity of desks that we must continue to update and manufacture for the 15,000 girls in our schools.
Beyond celebrating the Gohar Khaton Girls School opening, Sahar is launching a pilot program to address ways to keep girls in school beyond ages 12-13. We’ve worked hard to get girls in the doors since the fall of the Taliban, now our work is to keep girls in school past what is known in America as junior high school. This is the age when early marriage typically occurs. Our goal is to facilitate more girls graduating from high school and thus opening up better prospects for their future options in life.
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The classrooms are all set with new desks for the girls.
The hallways display intricate floor work representing Dari numbers.
The artists from the art installation competition have completed their murals, which are in the stairwells of the school.
1. The text on the top says “Gohar Khaton High School.” The text on the book the man on the stairs is holding is the name of a collection written by Mawlana Jalaludin Mohammad Blkhi or Rumi, as he is known in the Western world. He was a very influential and well known poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic in the 13th century. This whole piece portrays the era Gohar Khaton lived in and development of arts and literature at that time. The artist said “with this piece I wanted to show the arts and architecture and culture of that time so the name of the school could go well with this piece, showing the originality of Eastern arts in the 12th-13th century.
2. Uzbek, Turks, and Pashtuns dancing the Attan, the Afghan national dance together. The dance is typically limited to Pashtuns so this piece focuses on unity.
3. The artist created this piece based on nature. The colors she used all came from nature such as the rainbow is from the sky and the white objects generate light which helps bring life to humans and plants. She is showing a hand that is human and a cluster of plants. The artist says, just as plants need water, light, and care in order to grow and give fruit or shade, human beings also need good care, education, and other necessities in order to grow and become efficient individuals. So the life of humans is directly related to nature.
4. Hadith (Saying) from prophet Mohammad: To acquire knowledge is the duty of every man and woman
5. “My Sun, rise, it is time to rise.”
6. The name of this piece is “seedling.” The artist was inspired by the adage “whenever you hit me with an arrow/shoot me, it doesn’t injure me, it becomes a seedling.”