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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Fatema Tul Zahra Girls School

This local community school in Kabul serves approximately 300 vulnerable girls. The girls are from poor and disadvantaged families, internally displaced families, and single-parent households. To support the school, CW4WAfghan provides funding to cover all salaries (principal, 21 teachers and after-school program instructors, cook, messenger, and guards), fuel for heat and cooking meals, healthcare services, clothing, shoes and school supplies for the students.

These young female students could not afford to go to public school with the costs of uniforms and books, and cannot travel outside of their community to attend other schools.

The FTZ School is unique in that the teachers are well qualified (holding Bachelor’s degrees or having graduated from a teacher training college), and use active learning methodology in their teaching—avoiding use of more common methods used in Afghan classrooms like rote memorization and lecture. The children attend classes each day for grades 1-9. Some take vocational courses after school, which provide the girls with marketable skills toward viable livelihoods to help their families rise out of poverty, including courses in English, computers and tailoring. There is a small library in the school to provide the students with more opportunities for reading, employment and learning. The goal is to ensure that all the girls who study at the school have brighter futures ahead of them.

Our CW4WAfghan Quality Assurance Manager is leading activities to improve the school’s physical environment, support teachers to strengthen their pedagogical practice, improve administrative and monitoring procedures, coach the school principal and head teacher, and create new after-school programs.

The school staff met together with CW4WAfghan representatives to create their own MISSION STATEMENT (click here or below for DARI version):


Mission Statement
of the Fatema Tul Zahra School
Kabul, Afghanistan

Our core values at the Fatema Tul Zahra School 
are reflected in this statement of our mission and vision.

Our Vision of Education:

Education should be an engaging, meaningful, relevant and powerful experience of learning.

We strive to convey concepts to students such that students understand how to gain knowledge and to solve problems and become self-sufficient.

We foster creativity, innovation and invention. Our students are not stores of information but users of information.

We teach in a way that fosters curiosity and questioning, and we emphasize the development of critical thinking skills.

We encourage hands-on learning and exploration.

We work to build the self-confidence of students and celebrate their individuality.

Our students will be equipped with 21st century thinking and skills.

For us, education is about reducing poverty, illiteracy and ignorance, and building a future worth living in.
We see the development of the country’s future through the development of human capital.

We are committed to building a peaceful society.


Our School Environment:

We strive for the safe and fulfilling physical, emotional and psychological development of children.

We commit to provide an environment that enables students’ learning.

We will provide a safe and comfortable learning environment.

Our students are open to constructive criticism, and debate, discussion and brainstorming are always encouraged.


Our Moral Code:

Teachers should model the highest standard of responsible behaviour and good citizenship.

We will consistently and thoughtfully reflect on ourselves and our actions, in order to behave ethically and to always improve ourselves.

We wish to build strength of character and resilience among our students.

We expect our students should model the highest standards of good behaviour.

Sense of responsibility, civic awareness and practice good citizenship.

We value honesty and integrity.

We nurture in all students a strong work ethic.

Our goal is for our students to grow to become good moral decision makers.


“When you see what this school is accomplishing with so little in the way of funding, it is amazing. The students are eager to learn and, in the most difficult of situations, are learning. Some of these students are very bright. Ask them what they want to be when they grow up and they answer, ‘doctors, teachers and engineers’. With the right help some of them could accomplish their goal."   Janis Rapchuk, Director

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

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