This is Charamgar secondary school some 5 kilometers on the northern side of Trinkot, Uruzgan Province. This school was occupied and used as a checkpoint by an armed group for almost six months in 2015/2016. When the conflict lines changed and school resumed again, all the roofing, boundary walls and gates were either destroyed or stolen.
NRC has been repairing this and some three other schools in and around Trin Kot. The work includes; Iron sheets for the roofing of schools, installing emergency gates, main gates, building boundaries walls, grill work, windows repairing, glasses and blast films for the windows. NRC also established a schools-based Protection Committee (SBPCs) for each school with support and participation of PED, Community shura.
The school activities are closely monitored and checked by the community people, PED and the community has also been accountable to protect the schools from future expected incidents and they are also encouraging the families to get their children to school.
Repairing work and studies continues in this school and currently around 15 staff are teaching some 600 students in two different shifts.
“We feel more safe and secure now after building the boundary walls and installing the gates. Now, we have bigger yard and students can play inside the school building. The boundary is also keeping the school safe from any attack and flying bullets,” said Nida Mohammad, the Chramgar school principle.
Photo: NRC/Enayatullah Azad