21 August 2017

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Wednesday May 31, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Leaders from the Ministry of Higher Education and Kabul Polytechnic University celebrated the graduation of the first 28 graduates, including eight females, earning an associate degree in Information Technology (IT) at Kabul Polytechnic University last week as part of a program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID said in a statement on Tuesday. According to the statement, USAID launched the University Support and Workforce Development Program’s IT Associate Degree (USWDP) in 2014 with support from the Central Georgia Technical College. The two-and-one-half year degree program addresses local market needs and meets international standards from community college education. “This first cohort of graduates from the USWDP’s IT Associate Degree program should be proud of their achievement and how hard they worked to earn that associates degree,” said USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith. “This graduation illustrates the linkage between universities and potential employers in the public and private sector, and the importance of this program to help educate more Afghan youth in the field of technology.”
During the graduation ceremony, Professor Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, congratulated the graduates and wished them best of luck. Other speakers at the event included Mohammad Sayed Kakar, Chancellor of Kabul Polytechnic University, Dr. Wahid Omar, Chief of Party of USWDP, and Dr. Joseph Berger, Director of the Center for International Education at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Each expressed their gratitude to USAID and USWDP for their financial and technical assistance in developing the new degree program. Graduates also thanked USAID and USWDP for their support. “We are grateful for the establishment of this associate degree as it has given us the tools to enter the job market and be ready for it,” said Sara Qaderi, one of the graduates.

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled has signed an agreement with Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute, aimed at providing vocational trainings to 1,000 youth.
Officials of the ministry said based on this contract, 60 percent of the youth would be provided with job opportunities. Acting Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, Faizullah Zaki called the step the start of a process towards youths’ professionalism. “In compare with a large number of unemployed youth, 1000 is a small amount. But this is the start of a positive step and we hope the process to be widened in upcoming years,” he further said. The ministry says dormitories have been considered to the youth from Kabul, Laghman and Helmand provinces who have been selected to attend the vocational trainings.
Expressing concern over unemployment rate in the country, the acting minister said the government would make effort to overcome the challenge. A survey which was released by the ministry of labor and social affairs last year suggested that there are 23 percent eligible people for work in the country who are unfortunately unemployed. Furthermore, Hosai Rashan, the in-charge of institute for technical and vocational trainings stressed on transparency of the process, hoping that at the end of the process, the youth to be provided with jobs in and abroad. It is merit to mention that there are a huge number of youth unemployed in the country—a move which led them to resort to narcotics’ addiction. Lutfullah, a young boy who is looking for a job in Kabul said, I want a job, but I could not still succeed to find any, however, the government is responsible to pave the ground for job opportunities to us.
I really suffer unemployment and want to get rid of it as soon as possible, he added.
Nasir Ahmad, another unemployed youth said, “I hope we can also be provided with vocational trainings which have been conducted by the ministry of labor and social affairs.” Otherwise, the youth problems would get increased by each passing day and they would leave the country for abroad to find a better life, he added. At the same time, the experts stressed on solving unemployment challenge in Afghanistan and they asked the government to make a special program and pave the ground for job opportunities. Unemployment crisis has recently faced the people with many problems, as they have always asked the government to pay attention to their problems in the country.
Shukria Kohistani

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Head and members of private universities union called on Vice-President Sarwar Danesh and shared their problems with him.
In the meeting, members of the union while praising Vice-President for his efforts made towards attention to expansion of higher education considered problems in private higher education institutions such as limitation in absorption of students in MA, complicating in modality of activity and not holding private higher education institutions council’s sessions under the chairwomanship of minister of higher education as challenges facing private higher education institutions in the country. Pointing to a series of traditional visions creating obstacles for expansion of private sector, Vice-President Sarwar Danesh said that considering the government’s policies, there were no any obstacles towards activity of private sector including higher education in the country, adding that the government has always made effort to provide further legal facilities in this regard.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Kabul (BNA) In spite of security problems, the number of female students in educational institutes of Logar province is increasing by passing each year.
Mohammad Shahpoor the spokesperson of Education Department of Logar province told BNA “according to the figures reached us, presently more than 34000 girls are going school which shows ten percent increase than the previous year.
He added, due to the persistence made by the governor’s office and education department in coordination other departments, donor organizations and knowledge loving residents of Logar province there has been a glorious development and progress in education system of the province. The relevant authorities of the province also committed keeping the torch of sciences and knowledge alight offer the required services to the children of the country.
The education department claimed that in 307 education centers and schools more than 125000 students both boys and girls are studying in the center and districts of the province.
The education department considering situation and facilities has enrolled 31,700 students both boys and girls in educational institutes and schools during current year. Presently, more than 91,000 boys and more than 34,000 girls are taught by more than 3,000 teachers of whom 700 are women.
According to the spokesperson of education department, there are 123 primary, 74 secondary and 70 high schools operating in the province, 90 of which belong to the girls. He complained that so far 117 schools have no building.
He added the number of girls attending schools in Logar province 10% increased than the previous year.
Baseera one of the students of Bi Bi Amina high school says, presently most of the families send their girls to schools for acquiring knowledge and the girls are attending schools with great zeal and courage. Unfortunately, lack of security is a major problem on the way of education in some parts of the province.
Mohammad Daud a shopkeeper in Pul – I – Alam city whose girl studying in a school there says, “I work hard and do my best to provide the ground for the studies of children.” He added, as he encourage his sons for acquiring Knowledge, in same way supports the education of his girl and no problem would bar her from acquiring Knowledge.
He asked the local authorities to pay serious attention in ensuring security of the schools. 

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