MOBILE LIBRARIES AND LEARNING IN AFGHANISTAN
In the Summer of 2021 the conflict in Afghanistan was raging, with millions of children unable to go to school, and thousands displaced from their homes.
Naza chose to support Charmaghz Mobile Libraries, a Kabul-based non-profit organization which turns old public buses into mobile libraries. These libraries provide a space for children to read over 400 books in Dari, Pashto and English, with topics ranging from science, history and storytelling.
They also create a safe space for children to think critically, play together, debate and ask questions, with a librarian, a librarian assistant and a driver on board. The team is equipped to provide educational services to the children, and to use activities that can give mental health support, with special games designed to reduce stress and anxiety.
Charmaghz started with one bus in 2018, and now they have four mobile libraries and one educational mobile cinema. With over 210,000 visits, they are the most visited library in Afghanistan. During the ongoing conflict it is even more important to keep these libraries running, as many children have lost their access to learning.
The brilliance of the buses is that they can visit multiple localities and schools in one day, providing services to several groups of children. The hope of the project is to help the children of Afghanistan grow into young adults unafraid to ask questions, equipped with critical thinking and decision making skills that allow them to contribute positively to their society.