Essa Mohammad voluntarily teaching in Kandahar
KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): A boisterous but sometimes whispering sounds of girls and boys come out of a damaged and partially destroyed house in narrow streets in the third police district in southern Kandahar province.
These sounds have dominated the long silence of the semi founder house and have made it a ray of hope for children to see a better tomorrow.
Essa Mohammad 22, a student of Kandahar University, runs a school here. Essa convinced parents of the area to send their children to him and he would teach them voluntarily.
The students sit under open sky amid 45 to 46 centigrade but still pupils and parents are happy since there is no school in nearby area.
“I have been teaching voluntarily for the last two years and have turned the wrecked house as center for learning for these poor kids,” a determined Essa told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Essa is a student of education department in the university and he knows the importance of education therefore he took the initiative to open a school.
He is concerned about the future of children and employs all his efforts to properly utilize the time of children. So far, around 60 girls and boys study in his school and he enjoys his job.
The education department has supported the children only with books, stationary and boxes. Essa demanded the directorate of education should build a school in area where there were no schools or where schools were nonfunctional. It would help children learn in favorable environment.
Jamil Ahmad, 8, loves to study though the sizzling heat has somehow disturbed him. “I will be pleased and comfortable to study, had the government construct a school for us close to our homes,” he observed.
“I used to play with friends in streets and then convinced my parents to study in the school. The teacher teaches for free so it was easy to convince my parents. I wish if the government would build a school where I would complete my higher studies,” Rehana, a 10-year old girl student added.
Sardar Mohammad who hails from the area recalled that he is impressed by Essa’s zeal and enthusiasm. “I send my daughter and son to study in the same school since I can’t afford the fee or to send my children to remote areas for study,” he said.
The government should construct a school here since the parents sent their children here for study in chilling winter and scorching heat, he noted.
Nazar Mohammad Samimi, spokesperson of education department, praised Essa for his efforts to promote education and teach to at least 60 girls and boys’ students.
The government planned to form several community schools and we would include this school as a community school, the spokesman said, adding that children would study till 4th grade in community schools and they would promote to proper schools.
There are around 459 schools in Kandahar where around 100 educational institutions have been closed in insecure areas. In addition, there are ghost schools in some districts where thousands of Afghanis have been withdrawn as salary for such schools.
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