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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. 

Sunday May 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) All eyes in the class are focused intently on the model of the human skeleton hanging loosely in the science laboratory.
There is pin-drop silence challenged only by the biology presentation being given by Sona, 13, a Grade 8 student explaining the structure of the human body to her classmates. It is a typical day for students in Ommolbilad Girls High School. According to World Bank after the presentation, Sona says, “We read about the structure of the human body in the book but in the lab, we can see the body parts. This helps us a lot and we learn the subject much better.” She is grateful for this opportunity to learn in an interactive way. “I want to be a doctor in the future, and the laboratory is the beginning of my journey,” she says. Sona and her classmates have the Education Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP) to thank for supporting their school. With EQUIP support, the Ommolbilad Girls High school is now in high demand in Balkh Province. “We have standard classrooms and enough facilities for the students,” says Aminullah, 52, the school’s educational deputy. “The EQUIP Quality Enhancement Grant has brought about many positive additions and the quality of education is getting better day by day in the school.”
In 2013, EQUIP awarded the school a Quality Enhancement Grant (QEG) of $15,000. With the grant, the school was able to set up and equip laboratories for general science and computers, as well as a library. “I love to sit in the computer lab and work because I learn a lot when I put our theory lessons into practice,” says Fariba, 15, a Grade 10 student. The grant also has enabled the school to paint the walls with informational diagrams and to establish a park and green space for students. The school is located in the Karti Noshad area in the 9th district of Mazar-e-Sharif city in Balkh Province. The school was established in 1990 as a co-educational school, but became a girls’ school in 2010. There are nearly 3,000 students attending daily classes in three sessions (shifts) and 80 teachers at the school.
Students can now not only read about the structure of the human body in the book but also in the lab because the Education Quality Improvement Program supported establishing a science laboratory at the Ommolbilad Girls High School. "EQUIP has not only improved schooling for these students but attracted so many more to education—their families, their communities as well as friends and relatives." School Management Shuras (councils) are proving to be like a bridge between school administration and the respective community. Student’s parents who are members of these Shuras planted trees around Ommolbilad Girls High School building to avoid from mud which endanger health of their children. EQUIP, now in its second phase, seeks to increase equitable access to quality basic education, especially for girls. It is implemented by the Ministry of Education and was first funded by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) has taken over funding as co-financier of the project.
Since 2008, the program has constructed 45 school buildings, established 600 School Management Shuras (councils), and awarded QEGs to 435 schools in Balkh Province. “EQUIP efforts in Balkh Province have increased the quality of education and helped institutionalize close coordination between the community and school staff,” says Homayoon Rahmani, EQUIP Provincial Coordinator in Balkh. The Shura established by EQUIP in Ommolbilad School has ensured a good relationship between the community and school. Parents have made an effort to ensure a better environment for their children by gravelling the yard and planting trees to reduce mud in the school. “Every month we have council meetings and have solved many problems by sharing them with the community,” says Alia Najimi, the headmistress and a council member. “The council also requested a German NGO to build a kindergarten for the school and thanks to its efforts, we have the building now.”
The attractiveness of the school has clearly made an impact on the community, reflected in the increasing popularity of enrollment. Enrollment increased to 3,000 students in 2016 from 2,000 in previous years as a result of the EQUIP support, supplemented by the council’s hard work. “EQUIP has not only improved schooling for these students but attracted so many more to education—their families, their communities as well as friends and relatives in districts far away,” Alia Najimi says. The students’ enthusiasm also has increased greatly. Many students, like Sadaf, 15, talk enthusiastically about wanting to attend classes because their school has good facilities. “We like studying in the school since it is equipped with facilities like a library, good computer lab, and science laboratory.”
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