Schools in Iran

Phase Two

The second phase required larger facilities to accommodate more children and offer a wider variety of educational opportunities. Djavad Mowafaghian emphasized a balanced environment where the children would feel safe, could be creative and connect with each other while they studied. During this phase, girls’ primary, secondary and technical schools were constructed plus a primary school and two technical schools for boys.

We sought the involvement of the local communities, giving the community, and particularly the parents, a sense of ownership. ~ Djavad Mowafaghian

School Routine

Early morning and the girls in their burgundy dresses and white scarves are lined up neatly in the school yard for assembly. After greetings by a teacher, they go single file into their classes.

Educational Hurdles

Although restrictions on women’s education were being lifted, hurdles to education still existed. Most Iranian women were married by the age of 19; the situation was even more dire for rural female students, where half who lived outside urban areas remained uneducated.

The Path out of Poverty

In the early 2000s, there were many barriers to female education; a lack of schools, female teachers and basic facilities such as lavatories. We realized early on that investing in education was the smart thing to do, because education gives females the skills they need to help themselves out of poverty.
~ Masoud Eshghi

Overcoming Adversity

The slums are difficult, dirty and unsafe. Many children did not want to go home at the end of the day. The dorms, schools and the facilities provided the children with a safe and peaceful place to learn, live and play.

~ Vahid Eshghi

The Solution is Education

We know that until children, especially girls, receive an education, societies will not change.  Education is the solution to ignorance and poverty.

~ Hamid Eshghi

Brighter Futures

The goal in building these schools was to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
~ Hamid Eshghi