What is actually capacity building?
Capacity building is a program that Nai Qala has initiated with governmental approval, which takes place outside of the regular government school program and timing. Such classes usually happen during the winter holidays. The capacity building program aims at improving student learning by providing extra courses on specific subjects.
Providing qualified teachers for every single subject is a big challenge for the ministry of education. Therefore, during the winter holidays, most of the male high school students go to towns to take some additional courses with private teachers to improve in difficult subjects such as mathematics, physics or chemistry. However, girls have little or no opportunity to go to towns to attend additional courses, which we identified as a big challenge.
The Nai Qala Association has hired teachers as coaches or trainers. These qualified people have a different profile and play a specific role as compared to state teachers. They offer tutoring classes to students on specific subjects. Nai Qala trainers also give advice to, and coach the state teachers as well. Nai Qala wants to support local teachers to improve the quality of education in those remote regions.
Furthermore, the Nai Qala teacher trainers are themselves former students from Nai Qala schools. We are giving opportunities for young people in these remote regions and supporting the development of local capacity.
In 2016, the pilot project providing tutoring to more than a hundred students preparing for university entrance, turned into a big success. Our original goal was to tutor 46 girls and 34 boys, but more students became interested and benefited from our project. Extra study support – especially in mathematics, physics and chemistry – has been provided to some 420 students in 4 schools (of which 3 built by Nai Qala).
From January to April 2017 tutorial classes were organized by the Nai Qala Association for 200 boys and girls, in Zeera Gag school, in order to prepare the Kankor (university entrance) exams.
A capacity building program took place in Taga Barg from May to August 2017. Over 182 teenagers (120 girls and 62 boys) registered for the course.