Borjegai area consists of several villages with a total population of 36,000. It is located in a mountainous area of central Hazarajat in Nawor District, Ghazni province, Afghanistan.
The Hazara population of Borjegai, like the other parts of Hazarajat, has been the victim of institutionalised discrimination by Afghanistan’s central governments in the past. The harsh geography and historical discrimination have made it difficult for Borjegai’s population to access socially valued resources, such as education.
The partnership between indigo foundation and Borjegai to develop educational opportunities for the children of Borjegai began in 2003. After a decade, the Project has become a micro-development success story with great potential to be used as a model for rural development throughout Afghanistan: it is community managed, focused, results-based and extremely cost-effective.
For the first time in the village’s history, girls are being educated.
There are currently nine schools operating in Borjegai, which are all registered with the central government’s Ministry of Education. To date, the Project has built four schools buildings (accommodating around 2,000 students) and furnished four of the nine Borjegai schools.
The project provides project management support and funding for salaries of professional teachers, construction of school buildings and the purchase of school textbooks and stationery materials.
Provincial authorities ranked the Borjegai schools as the best both in terms of quality of its buildings and for their outstanding achievements.