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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2005, 12:58 GMT 13:58 UK
My Day in Afghanistan: Teacher
As part of the BBC News website's One Day in Afghanistan coverage on 13 September, we heard from people from all walks of life, all over the country.

Here you can read more from Sultan Ahmed Liewl, a teacher who describes the trials of teaching, and his pupils' aspirations.

I work two jobs to support my family. In the morning I work for a foreign company, Ockenden International, teaching staff literacy skills.

Sultan Ahmed Liewl
Sultan Ahmed Liewl says that English is one of the most popular subjects
In the afternoon, I teach in a high school for boys. I teach them Pashto and English. I earn about 5000 Afghani ($100) per month for both jobs.

From my home to the school it is 6km which is too far to bring my small daughters. I have to walk or sometimes have a bicycle.

But that is not as bad as when I lost my job in the years of the civil war and had to work very hard as a daily wage labourer in a brick kiln.

I woke at 0430 this morning and prayed first thing. I then had breakfast and got to work for 0800. I finish working at 1730 in the evening. When I get home I listen to various radio stations, including the BBC and Kabul radio.

I am happy that there is stability now and security is better. I am not, however, happy with the education system. There is not enough books or stationery and the salaries for teachers need to be better.

During the war most of the young boys did not receive education because they lost many things and they had to work and earn money just for something to eat and stay alive.

After the war when they finally went back to their homes after a long time, it was too late to go to school and there were further economic problems.

Improving education

The standard of education is now improving because the security situation is calm and people have learned things from some NGOs.


For example we learned new methods of teaching through teacher training courses by qualified trainers of Ockenden International.

Most of the people have economic problems so they want to learn some things to find a good job and earn a lot of money.

They want to learn English and computers so that they can get higher paid jobs in medicine, engineering, computing or translating.

None of my children go to school though, because the school is too far away and there is no transport. I have four daughters and two sons who I teach at home instead.

I hope my children will study their lessons very well and graduate, become good people and help their country and their people.

I am optimistic for the upcoming elections. Even in this part of Afghanistan, bordering with Turkmenistan, there is a hot campaign for the elections and I believe in having a democratic election here.

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