The Bamyan Foundation is pleased to announce the construction of a library at Haidar Abad School in Bamyan, Afghanistan. The Foundation signed a contract with the Administrative Council of Haidar Abad School to construct and fund a library that will provide access to books for primary and secondary students at the school. This project will reach 1352 female and male students.
Over a year ago, an anonymous donor with previous experience spearheading educational and other humanitarian projects in Afghanistan asked the Bamyan Foundation for help in implementing the library project and the search by members of the board of the Bamyan Foundation, many of whom are fluent Dari/Farsi speakers, for a site and a community of dedicated educators in Bamyan City began. After sifting through several alternate sites and navigating Afghanistan's legal and administrative terrain, the contract (written in both Dari and English) was signed and ground broken on July 14th. We are deeply grateful to our anonymous donor, whose support has made this project a reality.
There has been extensive research indicating that exposing children at early stages in their development to the written word increases exponentially their vocabulary, reading speed, and comprehension. Thus, development of a project for a library in Bamyan meets a crucial need for the young students and the community.
The construction was completed in late 2017. Books, computers, and equipment were purchased in March and the library has been open to students since April 2018. The library has a librarian and two assistant librarians. The assistant librarians are picked from the student body, representing a female and male student. We will be working with the school to maintain and grow the library throughout the year. We will post updates on the project's progress.