Did you volunteer to solve a problem in your school when you were young? This is what integrity clubs encourage the student to do in schools of Kabul. Recently, Integrity Watch trained 170 students in 17 schools in Kabul to fix problems of their schools. The students as a group identify basic problems related to hygiene, toilet facilities, teacher and student attendance and drinking water. The students try to solve the problems on their own or share the findings with School Management Shura (SMS) in case it is beyond their control. School management, community leaders, and parents partake in SMS meetings to solve problems faced by the schools.
Integrity clubs aim to promote the value of active integrity in students and to develop their attitude of self-reliance. Integrity Watch has worked with students in other provinces including Kapisa, Parwan, Nangarhar, Herat, and Balkh.
Integrity Watch’s Community-Based Monitoring of Schools Program is designed to enhance cooperation and coordination between people and education departments. The program has been implemented in Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Bamiyan, and Parwan provinces. Last year, 90 integrity clubs were handed over to school management in the mentioned provinces after Integrity Watch moved to new schools. In 2017, overall more than 250 schools were monitored by students where 1905 out of 2702 problems were solved. After demand by local communities, Integrity Watch began the program in Kabul in April this year.