BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): A private school in central Bamyan province provides free education to 400 girls and boys from families with poor economic situation.
Takamul Danish, a private school in the Rigshad area west of Bamayan city, the provincial capital, provides free of cost education to 400 girls and boys from first to 12 grade.
Mohammad Zaman Andishmand, principal of the school, told Pajhwok Afghan News that restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 and the regime change had led to abject poverty and unemployment among Bamyan residents this year.
He said that the situation affected Bamyan people economically and many of them were unable to afford paid education classes.
So far more than 400 students, 60 percent of whom are girls, have been provided with free education in Takamul Danish School from first to 12th grade, he said.
“We do not charge any students, our education programs are free, so far more than 400 boys and girls are enrolled,” he added.
He said that enrolling schoolgirls was a priority of their program so girls who were unable to regularly pursue their education this year would be compensated in the program.
Andishmand said that eight graduates showed up to teach boys and girls in his school free of cost. He also called on other educated people and Afghans living abroad to work together to provide children with access to education in remote villages.
Poverty, hunger and difficulties are transient, but illiteracy of children, who are future builders of the country, would lead to backwardness and instability, he said.
Bamyan families welcomed the move by the private school and said that they could not afford to send their children to paid educational centers if the private school did not help them.
Ishaq Faraz, a resident of Rigshad village, said that his three children were studying for free at Takamul Danish school.
He said that his children were satisfied about the quality of education they receive in the school.
Mohammad Jan Ebrahimi, another resident of Bamyan city, said that his daughter and son are also studying in the school without paying any fees.
He said that he was unable to pay for private education centers to teach his children if the school had not provided the facility free of cost.
A few days ago, Yakawlang district administration of Bamyan has asked local elders, villagers and graduates to open educational centers in the district for teaching their children.
A group of Afghan youths have also launched free online education classes under the name of Shamamah through WhatsApp and Google Meet for girls above sixth grade, which currently has 1,500 students.