Our project in Kosht
offers the following services to the community:
A community school teaching in English medium. By 2005, the school
should have all classes from Class Prep till Class 10.
There are no books in the local language of Chitral, since there is no formal
system to write it down. Of course it is used to explain things to the
students, but till now the people do not seem to have realised the importance of
writing in their own language.
The government schools teach in Urdu, the official language, but all
universities teach in English.
A real oasis of knowledge in the desert! And this is to be interpreted
In Chitral-city there is a library, but in upper Chitral (Booni and Kosht
both are at a distance of about 2-3 hours driving from Chitral) there was
nothing of that kind. The library we established at Booni moreover is
unique in Chitral or Pakistan.
Access to the latest technologies in a place where you wouldn't expect it!
In Pakistan you can easily buy the nicest educational CDs at throwaway
prices. Of course they are illegal copies, but we presume Bill Gates and
friends will keep an eye closed, since it is for the greater benefit of all...
The class is a very useful extension to the library, thanks to the numerous
encyclopedia and dictionaries which we have on CD.
Moreover, in Pakistan too knowledge of information technology has become
quite necessary for all but the pettiest of jobs.
The valley of Kosht (2500m), with
Tirichmir (7790m) at the left on the horizon