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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The seminar ‘Application of Korean Development Model in Afghanistan’ aimed to share the knowledge and lessons of the trainees of the invitation training program by Korean International Cooperation Agency KOICA held jointly by Afghan-Korea Alumni Association, KOICA office and Korean embassy in Kabul and the Dunya University of Afghanistan here on Sunday.
Inaugurating the seminar, Prof. Ahmad Shah Sangdel dean of the Dunya University besides welcoming Korean Ambassador to the seminar, said that Afghanistan and Korea enjoying 300 years of friendship, but the two countries diplomatic relation started 50 years ago which still going on with good spirit of friendship and mutual cooperation.
“If the Afghan people use the experiences of Korea for being self-reliance, then holding such seminars and implementation of Korean development model will help reaching the goals”, Sangdel added, saying Korea has passed so many challenges and now has been turned the 9th biggest economic power across the globe.
“Korea has helped Afghanistan in different spheres of culture, social and education. At the Brussels Conference, the country also pledged 135 million of USD to Afghanistan. From a poverty stricken nation, Koreahas changed to a donor country,” dean of the Dunya University said, hoping the participants of the seminar could use such experiences and help Afghanistan reach its self-sufficiency goals. Meanwhile Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Afghanistan Chin Ki-hoon addressing the gathering applauded Dunya university of Afghanistan for hosting the seminar, saying Korea had overcome all challenges that Afghanistan currently facing with and turned to be among the leading economic powers. “To share Korea’s economic development experiences, we have provided training facilities to over 1600 Afghan people through Korean International Cooperation Agency which received positive outcomes,” Ambassador Chin Ki-hoon said, adding Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world with GDP per capita of 70 USD a year in 1950s, but now is more than 30,000 which indicates that Koreans didn’t lose morale and tried to build their country.
The Korean Ambassador went on saying that New Village Movement in Korea was one of the development models which facilitated the cooperation between the people and government and led to the successful rehabilitation. “Today’s seminar is also to assess and examine the capability of Korean Development Modelthrough practical and academic panels. It will also have impact on new generation to take part in rehabilitation of their country,” the Ambassador added, saying participation of the young generation in such seminars will lead Afghanistan toward a developed and peaceful future.
Speaking at the event, dean of Swiss UMEF University of Afghanistan and former minister of information and culture, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen said that holding such seminars will teach to the new generation how the war-hit nations developed and how Afghans reach to self-reliance through using their experiences.
“It is immense pleasure to hold a seminar with a country that has passed years of devastating war. The nation lost all its infrastructures, but their hardships led to successful rehabilitation which is a matter of proud to all Koreans,” Dr. Raheen said, adding today Korean nation with suffering so many hardships has once again revived their pure culture and reconstructed their country.
Following the speeches, the seminar panels consisted of both the members of Afghanistan-KOICA Alumni Association and the academic people from Dunya and Swiss UMEF universities in Afghanistan discussed three important topics of community development, women’s role in economic development of Korea and Afghanistan and economic development through education. The seminar was the first and historical collaboration between the development practitioners and academia in a bid to find the proper mode of Afghanistan development.

Monday October 17, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan has a lot to offer to students from India and the cultural exchange between the two countries has been strengthened by the presence of 16,000 Afghan students in the country, said Ambassador, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India, Shaida Mohammad Abdali.
“Afghanistan has a cherished relationship with India and our bond has been further strengthened by the cross cultural exchange. After the war, we have moved on and we have over 200 universities established since the year 2002,” said Mr. Abdali at the fourth convocation of the university held at Vadlamudi on Saturday. The Vignan University has over 20 students from Afghanistan pursuing courses at undergraduate and post graduate level.
Increasing globalization
Mr. Abdali further said that students who had graduated would find the world getting increasingly globalized and the ever snowballing pace of change was one of the few constants. Consumer products from the U.S. were being assembled from across the world as people had been getting more connected and intertwined. Earlier, the university presented honorary doctorates to Telugu scholar Medasani Mohan, actor Jayaprada and professor at Ecole Centrale of Nantes, Paris, Fouad Bennis. Professor Bennis said the European universities had been encouraging cross cultural exchange among students and asked the students to tap the opportunities of study in European universities. Ms. Jayaprada said she had been extremely fortunate to have led a full life of being an actor, social worker and politician. Mr. Mohan urged students not to forget the roots of their culture and tradition and continue the links with the motherland even after they leave the country.
Chairman of the University Lavu Rathaiah said Indianisation had been clearly perceptible as India had exercised soft power in IT at Silicon Valley, and established Indian biryani and yoga. Presently, 30 per cent of scientists and engineers working in NASA were from India. Chancellor of University P. Rammoorthy Naidu, and Vice Chancellor C. Thangraj were present. During the convocation ceremony, three scholars were awarded PhDs, 1,070 graduates B.Tech. degree, 103 graduates M. Tech., 91 graduates BBA and MBA and 12 candidates MCA degrees.

Sunday October 9, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Teacher is a person who always makes effort to provide education to students, as a teacher’s role may vary among cultures.
Teachers may provide instruction in literacy and numeracy, craftsmanship or vocational training, the arts, religion, civics, community roles, or life skills. According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding, and appreciation displayed for the vital contributions that teachers make to education and development. Mujib Mehrdad, the spokesperson for the ministry of education said, ‘a teacher is a person who always makes effort to make literate the children of a society and help them reach their goals.’ He added that the ministry of education makes effort to change the teachers’ life condition. To encourage the teachers in World Teachers’ Day, Mehrdad said, ‘the ministry distributed first-degree, second-degree and third-degree certificates with some other privileges to elite teachers in Teacher Day.’ Replying a question, Mehrdad said, ‘the ministry of education has planned that in cooperation with ministry of rural rehabilitation and urban development to distribute lands to 3103 teachers and, likewise, it is trying to build townships to teachers.’
The ministry of education is also making effort to increase the salaries of teachers and much will be done in this respect, Mehrdad continued. On future plan of the ministry, Mehrdad said, ‘the ministry has considered capacity building for teachers in its five years strategy, in which different workshops and seminars will be held so the teachers not to face any problems in their life anymore, in term of their salaries and houses’ rents.’
In the capital Kabul, majority of teachers are professional but in remote areas, most of the teachers are 12th grade graduates or lower, Mehrdad went on to say, adding the ministry is making effort to work on teachers’ capacity building and solve these problems. Likewise, in five-year strategy of the ministry, the ground is paved to all children of the country to attend schools, as unfortunately, today almost 3.5 million children don’t access school. World Teachers’ Day is annually held on October 5 since 1994, aiming to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.
Karima Malikzada

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Deputy ministry of youth affairs have established 10 English language learning centers and preparation course for the entry test in 10 girls schools in Kabul.
In a ceremony held on the occasion of the World Teacher’s Day, deputy minister of youth affairs and acting minister of information and culture Dr. Kamal Sadat spoke related to role of teachers in development of the society and said that teachers have served and taught the country’s children even in the most challenging situations; therefore, teachers were much respected in our society.
In the ceremony, head of volunteers youth for deputy ministry of youth affairs Zahra Qarizada enumerated the duty of teacher as art and sacrificing and called teachers as instructors of human society.
According to another report, acting minister of information and culture met with members of Paktika united youth council.
In the meeting, Dr. Kamal Sadat asked those youth fighting beside armed insurgents against Afghanistan government to refer to education instead killing and fighting against their brothers.

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