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Saturday August 31, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a conference titled ‘Role of Universities in Implementation of sustainable Development in Afghanistan’ said all higher education institutions and universities should be included in sustainable development program.
“Today sustainable development does not only embrace economic issues, but it includes gender equality, social needs, public awareness and training to which we should access,” said Dr. Abdullah, speaking in the conference held in government media center. The country’s chief executive stressed that national priorities could help them reach sustainable development goals. “At the beginning, our goal was to open doors of schools to children, while access to education is still our working priorities, but today making use of modern technology is a need,” chief executive said, adding that it is needed to reach principal goals and opportunities we have lost due to continued war in the country.
The country’s chief executive further said that inclusiveness of research institutions and those working towards economic issues was so important; therefore, effort should be made to include all higher institutions and universities in sustainable development program. Meanwhile, minister of economy Dr. Mustafa Mastoor said that Afghanistan did not have electricity so far as mostly electricity was being imported from neighboring countries, saying if ways were paved for electricity inside the country, it would help grow the country’s economy, but continued war has faced such opportunities with challenges. Mastoor asserted that the ministry of economy as a coordinator of economic programs has taken practical steps towards sustainable development programs as more than 76 awareness and training programs have been launched in various fields.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The construction work of elementary school was completed by rural rehabilitation and development ministry in Kohna Qala village, Charbagh district.
Feraidon Azhand spokesman for rural rehabilitation and development ministry told BNA correspondent, the school has six classrooms and was constructed by national citizenship program at the cost of 400,000 Afghanis.
There are 750 families’ living in the village.
T. Yarzada

Monday August 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Amani era was the beginning of modernization of Afghanistan. Education system in Afghanistan had experienced progress and many challenges.
Talking on development of education system in Amani era, the Rector of Shaheed Burhanuddin Rabbani Educational University Dr. Zabihullah Assadi said, Ghazi King Amanullah Khan visited European countries and decided to bring new changes in education system and wanted to implement western changes in Afghanistan education system. He decided to build modern schools and modernize education system in conservative society of Afghanistan.
Girls were enrolled in schools beside boys. Freedom of women was another change which was not available in Afghanistan neighboring countries. Military, educational and religious sections were separated from each other and a number of students received scholarships and sent to abroad for higher and professional studies.
According to him, King Amanullah Khan and Mahmood Tarzi had been making joint efforts to improve education system in Afghanistan, scholarships were given from Italy, France, Germany and Russia. A number of foreign teachers were also employed.
But in recent years, new education system was replaced by ideological education system. After victory of Jihad, Mujahidin failed to establish a sound system. During Taliban it changed substantially.
“Since 2002 we tried to establish a standard education system to be accountable to present time requirements,” Assadi said.
Meanwhile, rector of Mashaal University Prof Hamidullah Amin said, they have passed three stages of education development. “In the first stage our teachers were Turkish. Later Kabul University was established. Subsequently Faculties of Sciences, laws and political sciences, economics, engineering and Medicine were setup.”
Current building of Kabul University was constructed in 1964.
The first phase of universities development was from 1311 solar year to 1357 until the April communist coup d’état of 1978. During this period, jobs were available to all university graduates and were had no employment problems, he added.
“After 1357 (1978) the collapse of education and higher education system started. Increases in number of universities was paralleled to increase of certain problems,” Amin said.
Higher studies require expenditures, new textbook, researches, lecturers. Teachers need capacity building we need MA and PhD lecturers, he believes.
Since 2002, the number of universities increased and universities established in Herat, Kandahar, Nangarhar and other provinces, large number of private universities were also established.
As at present we have 37-38 public and 135-136 private universities with over 350000 students. Quantity increased but quality decreased.
Masouda Qarizada

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  At least 100 students representing schools from all over the country have been selected for performing three patriotic songs and Afghanistan national anthem ahead of the 100th Independence Day of Afghanistan that falls on 19 of August. 
The students who came from various regions of the country were selected from among 800 competitors in Kabul.  Prominent Afghan musicians are helping the students in their rehearsals.  According to Ministry of Education, the students will perform live the national song of education on Independence Day.  The Afghanistan Pen Association is also playing a key role in preparing these students for three patriotic songs and national anthem.  The ministry of Education (MoE) says that Afs 20 million has been allocated for the ministry and other preparation programs ahead of Independence Day.

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