Many schools in Afghanistan have been affected by landmines. Some school areas have been cleared and others remain mined. In the Afghan capital of Kabul, 25 schools were heavily mined. Students could not attend these schools as with their first step they might have been killed. Most of these schools were cleared by the deminers of the Afghan Mine Action Program during 1996 and 1997. Students in Kabul city are now being taught how to avoid mine incidents while they attend these schools.
Still, there are other schools in Afghanistan that are in need of demining. Here are a few we have identified for this project:
Sufikarim Primary School
Sufikarim Primary School is also located in Pakita province (eastern Afghanistan) but is presently closed due to mines and destruction of the premises. The school used to provide education to children from three villages (each of about 300 people) in the area. The school is surrounded by 26,000 sq m of minefield which poses a major risk to the children. One demining team could clear this area in approximately one month.
Alikhiel Secondary School
Alikhiel Secondary School is located in Pakita province (eastern Afghanistan) and has some 250 students attending. Children attending classes range from 5-16 years old. One third of these are in the 7-10 age group and are usually accompanied at school by their older brothers and sisters. the school has 14,000 sq m of anti-personnel minefield on tow sides which poses a major risk to the children. Several children have already fallen victim to the ever-present menace of mines. Demining teams have recently cleared a footpath to school as a start. Further work should be done by one demining team in the near future.
Sikander Khiel High School
Sikander Khiel High School is also located in Pakita province (eastern Afghanistan) but is presently closed due to mines and destruction of the premises. The school used to provide education to some 500 children from 400 families in the area. The school has some 2,500 sq m of minefield in and around the school. One demining team could clear the area in approximately one month.