Jirghai schools project
Project established 2015
Jirghai School Project represents the new phase of indigo foundation’s development assistance to rural education in Afghanistan. It is forged on the the successes of the Borjegai schools project that provided the educational infrastructure and support for a network of nine schools, accommodating around 4,500 children – and radically improving schooling outcomes for children, especially girls – in this neglected remote area of Ghazni Province.
Jirghai, Borjegai’s neighbouring community, is also located in Nawur District of Ghazni Province in Afghanistan. It is approximately 300 km south of Kabul and is composed of many sub-villages. It has a population of around 35,000-40,000 people. The primary source of income in the community is subsistence farming and remittances sent back by male family members working in major city centers or in neighbouring countries.
The people of Jirghai have historically suffered from geographic isolation and systemic discrimination. As such, the existing infrastructure in the community is in very poor condition. The majority of Jirghai people do not have access to safe roads, health clinics and safe drinking water. The area has also not seen any significant outside help in the past decade except the support they received for three school buildings from the Ministry of Education, and some assistance for their roads from the National Solidarity Program.
However, Jirghai people have demonstrated a significant commitment to the education of their children since 2003. Currently, there are twenty-one schools (8 high schools, 8 mid-secondary schools and 5 primary schools) in Jirghai. All Jirghai schools, except Imam Hussein and Al-Zahra Mid Secondary Schools, are co-ed schools and registered with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education.
In partnership with the Jirghai community, we have developed a plan to provide education infrastructure including two school buildings, furniture, hygiene facilities and safe drinking water for four Jirghai schools, accommodating around 1800 students. The first works – currently underway are – the construction of Shebar High School (SHS) and furniture of Imam Hussien High School (IHHS).