The School

This school was founded by Abdul Wahed in his home in the village Qalha Muselem in 1957. The school was opened officially by the director of education of Kabul Province. The first principal of the school was a woman called Najeba. The school was very popular among the local population and the number of students grew exponentially. Soon the school building became too small and the school moved to the neighbourhood Sir Asia. A high school was founded as well at that time, which became known under the name of the neighbourhood it was located in.

This high school was only inteded for girls. The school was still located in a private home, this time the one of Fasel Amahad Khan. Muhamad Aumar became the principal. The number of pupils kept growing and again they were forced to move, now to the house of Yhareb Hula Khan.

In 1983 the first pupils graduated from the Sir Asia high school. After passing for the state exam (kankor exam), these students continued their studies in the university of Kabul. The students who did not pass the state exam, went to look for jobs and started working.

When the Taliban came to power, all girls’ schools were banned, also the Sir Asia school. The Taliban was against education for women and many girls’ schools were destroyed or set on fire. Girls were not allowed education at all. The Sir Asia school disappeared at a glance. All effort to build the school had been for nothing.

In 2001 the Taliban regime came to an end. The Sir Asia school did no longer exist. But Amina Shiwani wanted to change that. She started to build the school anew, this time in the neighbourhood Qalha Mirza Abdul Qader. She converted a rented house into a school. She herself became the new principal. However the  school restarted with 800 pupils, but in 2010 this number had increased to 3,500 and 85 teachers.

The principal: Parwin Hashemi

Parwin Hashemi graduated from Kabul University in 1979 in the faculty of English literature. She has a lot of pedagogical experience. Her biggest wish is that the school will develop, not only in terms of student numbers, but especially in terms of educational quality. She would love to see that her pupils will be able to get in contact with Dutch students. Among other things, this might open possibilities to come and study in The Netherlands. At the moment this possibility is completely absent, since there is no internet connection available.

Parwin Hashemi hopes that with the help of Dutch people and knowledge, the Sir Asia high school will be able to develop and flourish as Dutch schools have. She wants the girls to get practical experience in school in various sectors. In this way every girl can decide what her talent and interest is, for instance: sewing, electrical engineering, ICT or economics. Moreover, she would be very glad if Afghan girls would get the possibility to get a grant and enjoy part of their education in The Netherlands.

The problems of the school

Parwin, our chairperson, has visited the principal of the school and has asked her which problems the school is facing.

“At the moment we have many problems in terms of educational facility. The pupils come from poor families and they have no money to buy school supplies. The salary of the teachers is slightly more than 100 dollars a month. Both the students and the teachers have financial problems. The school now has 3,500 pupils and only 3 computers and 1 microscope. There is no library or laboratory where students can properly study. There is no internet at school, most girls do not even know what that is. Many of them do not even have the simplest school supplies. Teachers have the problem that there is no possibility to bring their children to day care.”