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PRESS RELEASE,
26 July 2002


A New High School for Girls in Rustaq, Takhar Province

The Swiss Foundation of Terre des hommes (Tdh) is increasing its financial commitment for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, especially for children in rural areas. Since May 2000 Terre des hommes is implementing a rural rehabilitation project in Rustaq, Takhar province, by rehabilitating health facilities, implementing district-wide EPI programs, providing mobile health teams to selected villages, constructing primary schools in villages and to construct a water supply system for 15 villages which have been destroyed by the devastating earthquakes of 1999. Since June 2002 Terre des hommes provided additional funds to rehabilitate a boys high school in Rustaq as well as primary school in villages, and to construct a new high school for girls in order to provide higher education opportunities beyond primary education for boys and girls in Rustaq District.

The already existing structure of the high school for girls, an old and small primary building with 6 rooms, will be rehabilitated, painted, windows repaired, blackboards installed and school furniture provided. A new high school building is already under construction to provide more space for the girls from grade 1 to grade 12. The building will include 6 classrooms plus one simple physics laboratory and one modern language training room. Solar energy facilities will provide cheap and environmental-friendly electricity. In order to improve the hygienic situation a small sanitation block will be constructed in the same premises.

The existing boys’ high school building in Rustaq is in a dilapidated condition, without any hygiene facilities. New blackboards will be installed, classrooms painted and windows repaired. In addition a sanitation block will constructed.

To provide better access to primary education for small children, especially girls of grade 1 to grade 3 in four villages, Terre des hommes will rehabilitate together with the community simple houses and shelter and construct sanitation facilities.

A complete primary school in a remote village will be reconstructed, which has been destroyed by earthquakes in 1999. The community and Tdh professionals will work together.

The immediate concern is the teacher. The quality of the teachers, in terms of their own education and training, as well as motivation and experience, is a key for learning to take place. All teachers within Terre des hommes’ framework in Rustaq will be trained and will participate in several refresher courses in competency based learning methodologies.

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is paying cash salaries to more than 130 teachers for grade 1 to grade 12 in seven primary schools, two middle schools, one high school for girls and one high school for boys.

The whole project is run by a team of Afghan professionals. This policy explains the position of the Swiss Foundation of Terre des hommes (Tdh) that Afghans must be in charge to plan, design and implement reconstruction projects by themselves. Funds for the new high school for girls came from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation BMZ and terre des hommes-Germany.

The Terre des hommes liaison office in Peshawar
Phone: 0092 91 5703814

E-mail: tdhkabul@brain.net.pk
Website: www.tdh.ch

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