Abbas Ali, renowned director of the Buz-e-Chini cartoon, brought to life one of the most pressing issues facing the country’s reconstruction today. Across Afghanistan, there are schools that are falling apart before the first student even sets foot inside. And those that survive the inauguration often do not make it through all four season before falling into disrepair. This serious problem however, can be reduced with the participation of communities that monitor the construction of their children’s schools.
That is the message of this animation. Monitoring is for everyone. In fact, it is the responsibility of communities to monitor the construction of new schools in lieu of adequate donor, government or implementer oversight.
The scene opens with a teacher asking the students to repeat after her, “Javed has peaches.” Suddenly, the walls start to crack and the students rush out of the school in a panicked frenzy. Watching from a distance the ruins of their newly built school, a young boy says with innocent despair, “But that was my new school…now we will have to go back to sitting under the sun.” End of scene.