Afghan Sister Schools Partnership
Building bridges of friendship rooted in the belief that peace and education are the rights of children everywhere.
| A CFS Middle Schooler's drawing for her Topchi pen pal|
The Afghan Sister Schools Partnership (ASSP) grew out of a desire to offer our children a response other than war to the events of September 11, 2001. A group of Carolina Friends School (CFS) parents saw the moment as an opportunity to put peace education into action by giving our children a different way of understanding the situation and appreciating Islam and Afghanistan. Our activities focus on the Topchi School, now a K-12 coeducational school located in a small village in Bamiyan Province. The two main components of the partnership are fundraising and cultural exchange.
Fundraising primarily comes through the weekly “Pizza Lunch” program (over $7000 is raised annually), which affords the purchase of necessary items such as school furniture, library books and computers as well as teacher training and other needs identified by Topchi School. The heart of our relationship and cultural exchange is our pen pal letter program, through which 60+ letters are swapped twice a year.
Other facets of our cultural exchange have included: class electives, special programs and sharing handmade gifts. The work of the ASSP is coordinated by a group of parents and teachers under the umbrella of the CFS School Life committee. We welcome the involvement of any interested community members.
Please contact Amy Smoker [AmySmoker88@gmail.com] for more information.