Saturday September 10, 2016
Kabul (BNA) 8th of Sept. coincides the world literacy day and it has been celebrating every year in most countries in special ceremonies with the cooperation of UNESCO and UN member states and governments.
According to a UNESCO recent report, over 750 million people above 15 years are illiterate in the world while over 250 million children do not attend school due to certain reasons and two third of illiterate elders are women. The rate of illiteracy and deprivation of official and unofficial education has close effects on security, stability and economic development. The higher rates of mothers and children mortality and violence, take place in the countries with low literacy level. Economic poverty, continued devastating conflicts, extremism, political instability and extensive religious tensions are the inauspicious heritage of ignorance and illiteracy while promotion of literacy level and generalization of official and standard education pave the way of social, economic and cultural development.
Elimination of this phenomenon requires public accountability of all citizens particularly the government. Illiteracy creates poverty and misfortune to the country and struggle with this calamity needs a national consensus. According to the MoED Assadullah Hanif Balkhi, our countrymen have realized the importance of literacy more than ever and consider it as the only way of Afghanistan progress and development. Therefore eradication of illiteracy requires public struggle. Although the literacy campaign of the MoED has already covered 6.5 million people and at present about 1.1 million people are enrolled in literacy courses, but it is not sufficient. Overcoming illiteracy needs more efforts. War on illiteracy is incumbent on all Afghan people either nationally or religiously. Further certain steps should be taken in this direction. Deputy MoED Sardar Mohammad Rahimi said, every year over two million children fail to attend education and join the army of illiterate people and this issue makes difficult reduction of illiteracy ceiling to the MoED. If current literacy programs are performed in this way, until 2020 the level of illiteracy would decrease to 10pc.
It is literacy that makes possible access to modern knowledge, self-reliance and this energy can change the life of millions people.
At present Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria… etc are at the top priority of the UNESCO. The experience of post-conflict countries shows that without cooperation of host governments, the international organizations don’t manage to unite the blind tie of illiteracy. Solving of this situation requires effective programs and reasonable policies. Only with construction of schools and enrolling of children, this problem cannot be settled. Generalization of culture of literacy requires reform of teaching system, encouraging of publicity, cultural ideas, production of high quality materials and textbooks could be effective in institutionalization of the culture of literacy.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister on Youth Affairs of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Kamal Sadat handed over 8000 books donated by the ministry’s Public Libraries directorate to the Ministry of Education here yesterday, BNA reported.
According to Bakhtar News Agency, during the handing over ceremony, which was also attended by director of the Public Libraries Hamidullah Shahrani and the MoI’s director of the Publication Kabir Haqmal, deputy minister on youth affairs said that the books were in two national languages of Dari and Pashto and mostly covers health guidance, religion and Islamic believes on drug usage. “The donation made by the Ministry of Information and Culture’s directorate of the Public Libraries to further enrich the schools’ libraries”, Kamal Sadat said, adding MoIC making efforts to further boost book reading culture across the country. Hinting to book’s important role in development of a society, the Ministry of Education’s deputy minister on public education thanked MoIC’s donation of the books.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Newly-appointed chancellor of Kabul University was introduced yesterday by minister of higher education to the university lecturers and administrative personnel.
Based on proposal of higher education ministry and approval of presidential office, Hamidullah Farooqi has been recently appointed as chancellor of Kabul University.
In a ceremony held on this occasion in auditorium of the university, minister of higher education Farida Momand said, “Today I am introducing a figure as Kabul University’s chancellor who has spent years of his life to serve as lecturer of the university.”
Minister of higher education also praised Professor Habibullah Habib, former chancellor of the University for his Works, saying that the former chancellor of the university had shown professionalism during his tenure.
Afterwards, Hamidullah Farooqi spoke and pledged that in cooperation with lecturers and leading body of higher education ministry he would make effort towards providing better academic facilities to students and ending problems of the university’s lecturers.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Kabul (BNA) For providing higher education opportunities to Afghan youth, deputy ministry of youth affairs for information and culture has recently signed MoUs with a number of higher education institutions and institutes considering to considerable discount.
For registration and introduction to higher education institutes, the enthusiasts should contact deputy ministry of youth affairs located in Pul-e-Bagh Omomi with two photos and copy of Tazkira.