Schools in Helmand

Village school in Nad-e-Ali Districtdownload_20150901_135601

School statistics

– 36 rooms including 26 classrooms
– 32 latrines
– integral perimeter / security wall
– 2 wells
– 1 library
– 2000 children including 700 girls
– total cost to date £247,904 funded by Afghan Appeal Fund

School build status

The ground floor and the library on the first floor is now complete. Pillars and external walls of an additional 22
classrooms on the first floor are complete.


Helmand Province has the lowest primary school attendance record in Afghanistan (defined by UNICEF as 18.6% net primary school attendance), with 131,000 children out of school. Female literacy in Helmand remains as low as 4% (male literacy at around 8%) and in villages this is believed to be closer to 0%.

Subjects taught at this Nad-e-Ali school include maths, English, Dari, Pashto, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, art, handcraft and the study of the Qu’ran. The base curriculum is set by the Ministry of Education (MoE) who also provide text books for the students and set end of year exams.

A school committee of 6 elders is responsible for overseeing the administration.  The school has been officially approved by Helmand province education department who are responsible for providing teachers and paying their salaries and for school maintenance costs.IMG_1511

Boys above grade 2 are taught separately to girls – there is a girls’ and a boys’ half of the school divided by a wall and gate. Lessons are split into morning and afternoon sessions – one for boys in grades 1 and 2 and the girls, and one for boys in grades 3-12.


Local government have a spending freeze in place and are currently only paying salaries for 9 teachers. Parents are paying a small tuition fee to cover salaries of non-government teachers – a mix of temporary teachers, student teachers and occasionally upper level students for the lowest grade levels – until this has been resolved.

HealthHelmand school - latrines

The school has 16 drop latrines for boys and 16 for girls – it is one of the only schools outside of the main cities to have latrines. The children have hygiene lessons and are shown how to use the latrines. Many parents are asking how they can put latrines into their homes.

Community engagement

Many of the villagers have volunteered on the project, for example collecting and transpo
rting building materials and preparing the land.  In the early phases, fathers would bring their children to school and then work on the construction site. With separate funding, villagers recycled 100,000 bricks at the start of the project.

The school hosted exam resists for the entire district in Summer 2013.

A graduation ceremony for boys from the village madrassa was held at the school in 2014 and 2015 with over 1000 guests from a very wide area.

Villagers use the school for a clean water source (there are 2 wells) and jergas (community meetings)

The FutureHelmand school - windows & doors

Our priority in 2016 is to raise the funds needed to complete the second floor of the school:

  1. 22 rooms at £4000 each = £88,000
  2. Solar panels installation, including 5 year guarantee = £26,000

You can DONATE now to help us complete this incredible school.


Other schools in Helmand

School 3: village primary school for boys in Nad-e-Ali
Build: temporary 10 classrooms while main school is rebuilt
Children: 800+ boys

Classrooms being built


Schools 1&2: two primary village schools in remote locations in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province
Build: Repair of roof, windows, doors, floors and perimeter walls, plus latrines
Children: 200 + 300
Local communities were engaged in using traditional building methods to repair mud walls and roofs

Buildings repaired to be used as classrooms

Inside a classroom


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