Yearly the school expands by two classes; in 2005 the school will offer all
classes from Prep till Class 10. Possibly we will make the school complete
by 2004 by introducing class 4, 5 and 10 instead of only classes 4 and 10.
This means we have to buy furniture and books for 50 students yearly, an
expense of about €2000.
For the higher classes, it is required to have a science lab, an expense of
Moreover, the classes of the youngest students will need a bit of paint and
decoration to make them more pleasant and attractive.
Education of the smallest ones remains a difficult thing in Chitral, due to
the harshness of the climate and the terrain. Only seldom will kids come
to school before the age of 5 or 6. What's more, people don't see
why they should pay for such a small kid who cannot read or write. This is
a real pity, because the result is that even kids of 16 can't make a puzzle
intended for kids of age 5!
We try to explain to our teachers the importance of stimulation of the young
children, but they do not understand and do not appreciate. Their
imagination is often quite limited, and of course they are the product of
another system! So we stumble from time to time upon a teacher busy
drilling alphabets (Urdu and English) into the heads of our youngest students...
We really want to better this situation, by sending our teachers to training
courses, by receiving training in the school, and by showing examples to the
teachers sitting with them in their lessons.
This year we also want to increase the para-scholar activities (scouting,
camping, walks, visits, ...). We will also participate in inter-scholar
tournaments. Community programs will be organized, during which the
students can show what they learned to the community.
This year's agenda is quite full, which of course assures that we'll not have
many minutes to spare...
All help is welcome, whether financial,
advisory or by sending volunteers!