KABUL: The Yale University in collaboration with the Afghan entrepreneur Roya Mahboob, has designed a technology school for high school students in Afghanistan.

The school is called The Dreamer Institute.

The project is a result of collaboration between Yale’s School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS), the School of Architecture and the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.

The Dreamer Institute, to be built in Kabul, will focus on robotics, artificial intelligence and blockchain, and will consist of two interlocking buildings on the campus of Kabul University.

One building is the high school, to be attended by girls for one half of the day and by boys the other half.

The other is an innovation center based partly on Yale’s Center for Engineering Innovation & Design (CEID), which would be shared by the high school students and students from Kabul University. 

Mahboob, an entrepreneur from Afghanistan said the idea for the school was sparked by the team’s tour of North America. Their visits to numerous tech-based high schools fascinated the team members, who had little exposure to technology training until joining the robotics team.

“We went to these schools and saw how the students worked together – all the girls wanted this back home,” Mahboob said.