Social interaction is very restricted for girls living in Afghanistan, with most personal communication limited to their family network. Our school proposal recognizes that Afghan schools can play a significant role in fostering friendship and camaraderie between girls. To encourage socializing among the students, our classrooms are planned around several courtyard spaces.
A well and a reflecting pool are central to the main quad that is enclosed by steps–providing places for girls to sit and talk. Popular activities such as volleyball and martial arts are played in the southern activity quad, and quiet, smaller enclosures are planted with gardens and trees. The organization of classrooms and quads permits portions of the school to remain open for after-hours use, allowing for continuing education classes to be held for women of all ages.