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Description

FTZ is a local community school in Kabul that serves young school-age girls who attend classes in one of two shifts each day from grades 1-12. At an average cost of $300 per student, CW4WAfghan donations provide: a safe building and classrooms; trained teachers who benefit from ongoing professional development; after school program instructors; learning resources and school notebooks and pencils; fuel for heat in winter; a growing library; a modern computer lab; a playground; and a learning garden. CW4WAfghan’s quality assurance staff support the school administration and work closely with the school to improve the quality of learning.

Participants

More than 400 young girls attend the FTZ school. They are from poor and disadvantaged families, internally displaced families, and single-parent households, or those at risk due to child labour. Students cannot afford to go to public school with the costs of uniforms and books, or they are unable to travel safely outside of their community to attend other schools.

Activities and Impact

CW4WAfghan refurbished the computer lab at the CW4WAfghan-funded Fatema tul Zahra School in Kabul, with funding support from the Canadian Embassy in Kabul. Once the lab was equipped, we developed a digital literacy curriculum for six grade levels, and trained the school’s teachers. This was a pilot and we used the experience to improve the curriculum.

We also partnered with an Afghan volunteer-led initiative, CodeKids, whereby young Afghan software developers taught coding to the girls at the FTZ School. 

The school is piloting education activities such as a new computer science curriculum, and other resources that will support the children to complete their studies and to secure viable livelihoods that will help them move out of poverty. There are 15 teachers in the morning and afternoon shifts, and 5 teachers providing after-school instruction.  A total of 280 of girls moved successfully up one grade in 2017. Both the Canadian Embassy, through Canada’s Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), and the Rotary Club of Kabul have provided library books and resources. Students have attended the International Literacy Day events, and they had a field trip to the Museum of Science and Technology. The school kitchen was updated, including a much needed water purifier thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Kabul and Germany. A new successful coaching and mentoring component was introduced for FTZ teachers, where some of the experienced teachers were paired with junior or new teachers. In addition, a performance measurement framework was developed to begin to track progress and identify areas in need of improvement. Teachers were provided with a number of training sessions including Communicative Teaching Approaches, and Critical Thinking Workshops.

The FTZ students enjoyed a field trip to the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology in Kabul.
Thanks to our donors in Canada and Afghanistan, FTZ is able to provide experiences like these and much more!”  

Jamila, CW4WAfghan Quality Assurance Manager

Mission Statement

The school staff met together with CW4WAfghan representatives to create their own MISSION STATEMENT (click here or below for DARI version):