Houz-e-Karbas School: A Sancutary for Afghanistan women
After watching the video on Houz-e-Karbas School, I was completely moved. Not just because I am a teacher, a life-long learner and educator, but also because I am a woman. The Afghanistan women in this video are ready to learn and take advantage of all the opportunities given to them. I showed my class this video so they can see how fortunate they are to have a classroom, an abundance of teachers and administration. I also teach in a low income area, so they think that they have it bad- now they know how lucky they are. Many of the classes are held outside in tents. Imagine sending your child to school and their classroom is the inside of a tent- with no seating or desks? I can’t even imagine teaching in a tent in the desert with no desks and limited books- these conditions must be very rying for the teachers as well. The ratio of teachers to students is 1 to 40 at the Houz-e-Karbus School. In America, our school systems are 1 to 30 teacher to student ratio which is the maximum. This year in my classroom the ratio is 1 to 24, which is extremely complex to handle. With a 1 to 40 ratio of teachers to students, you cannot give each child the attention that they need. Children all learn differently, and it takes time as an educator to get to know each student’s learning style, and even longer to try to teach the way they need. Still, these women are ready to learn and are taking advantage of their opportunities, knowing they are few and far between.
The education system of Afghanistan does not provide the same facilities, tools, teachers and instruction for women as for men. The Houz-e-Karbas School is an Afghanistan school for girls that now has an internet classroom which allows for endless possibilities, thanks to Film Annex.