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Thursday April 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) implemented the education support project in remote areas in Afghanistan to improve the education environment and increase the number of male and female students at all grades with a budget of more than $376,000 (QR1.37m).
The project includes providing basic educational requirements of chairs, educational curricula and study materials, as well as supporting the education environment in disadvantaged areas that are difficult to reach and making them attractive to students, QRCS said in a statement.

Wednesday April 11, 2018

Herat City (BNA) By improving security situation in Shindand district, western Herat province, about 30,000 students are going to school in the district.
Shukrullah Shaker district governor of Shindand told BNA local correspondent, three councils have been established in Shindand district of the province to resolve problems of people and a council also allocated for capacity building and progressing of youths and women’s talents.
The door of 32 governmental schools are open on students (18529 boys and 14654 girls) are studying in the schools, Shaker added.
Shaker appreciated from interesting of Shindand’s people regarding implementation of development projects and their cooperation with Afghan security forces.
It is mentionable that the poppy cultivation reached to zero in Shindand district, Shaker concluded.

Thursday April 5, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Fereshteh Forough is the founder and executive director of Code to Inspire, which opened its first coding school for girls in Afghanistan in November 2015, and aims to address the low levels of female education and paltry levels of economic participation by women in the labor market. 
This is a widely recognized innovative project that helps women and girls learn computer programming. The aim is to tap into the commercial opportunities offered by the online world to liberate women in Afghanistan and offer them economic independence.
Afghanistan is still a male-dominated country where ordinary women find it difficult even to socialize or travel, let alone work, use technology or be economically independent. Women are also discouraged from working where men are present and experience sexual harassment if they do.
Forough believes that with programming skills, an internet connection and using bitcoin for currency, women in Afghanistan can be independent, transform their society and create wealth and economic opportunity.
“Some of the girls had never touched a computer, been online – nothing,” said Forough. “Today, they are able to create web pages and a some are now going out and talking to women-based companies and offering their expertise to them, to help them create websites. This is a real act of resistance in a country where women are still being pushed back for accessing the internet and computers.”
Only 21% of Afghan women receive secondary education according to a UNICEF study and in Afghanistan there is only a 16% female participation in the labor market.
Afghanistan is still economically and politically unstable and parts of it are dangerous and violence-prone, which presents many hurdles to entrepreneurs who want to drive change like Forough, and the women and girls she teaches and helps get jobs.
However Forough is used to challenges. She herself was a refugee. Born to Afghan parents in Iran, she returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, and took a position teaching computer sciences at Herat University after studying for a Masters in Germany.
Forough has successfully built partnerships from abroad for Code to Inspire, particularly in the USA with Google, GitHub, and PwC, but she is still working on a relatively small scale. She needs more support to expand and build her vision round the country franchising the model to other larger cities such as Mazar-e Sharif and Kabul. Forough also wants to organize the first Afghan women hackathon at a national level.
Forough was a 2013 TED Talks speaker and took part in the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative.
In 2017, Code to Inspire enrolled about 20 girls for new graphic and design classes, and later on in the year another group of 60 girls took classes in unity (a gaming software), mobile applications and full stack development.
“It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are, what you have or don’t have,” said Forough. “You should never be afraid to do what you believe in and that’s what Index of Censorship Award means to me, to raise my voice and share my story freely”.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Officials to Ministry of Education (MoE) say for improvement and better education quality new education programs and better plans are underway in current education year of 1397.
In an exclusive interview with The Kabul Times correspondent, Mohammad Kabir Haqmal, head of publications and media of MoE said: “You know that each country requires to improve its education quality. Therefore, the ministry of education plans to implement its five-year working plan prepared by the ministry for improvement of education quality in the country. Based on the plan, all school teachers will be professional, all students will have access to textbooks, education curriculum will be amended and a sound education management free of corruption will be created.”
In connection with schools that have no buildings yet, Haqmal said although ministry of education has made lots of efforts towards construction of standard buildings for schools across the country, unfortunately there were still a number of schools that lack standard buildings. He assured that MoE was determined to construct 6,000 schools in coming two years across the country.
Haqmal also stressed that nearly 8,000 teachers would be appointed in first phase and 18,000 others would be appointed in second phase in current solar year, adding that nearly 27 new provincial directors of education have been recently appointed and would soon start their work in provinces and the process would be implemented in all provinces of the country.
Related to prevention from corruption in ministry of education, the MoE official said: “Work on reforms in the ministry is underway as a committee has been tasked to identify all aspects of corruption within the ministry and education departments in capital and provinces of the country so corruption can be prevented.”
It was said that a large number of schools were remain closed in different parts of the country. For reopening of schools that were kept closed last year, Haqmal said that with close cooperation of elders and dignitaries, the ministry of education reopened a number of schools in various provinces in 1396 and the process would continue in current year, adding that civil society activists have promised that they would launch home to home campaign for reopening of closed schools across the country.
He hoped that no schools would remain closed anymore in the country.
Pointing that ministry of education has distributed lands to nearly 85,000 teachers so far, head of publications and media said the country’s President on first day of the education year in Kabul instructed ministry of urban development and independent land authority to prepare a plan based on which how many teachers should be granted with residential lands and apartments.
He also asserted that lack of textbooks would be soon addressed as ministry of education was working on publishing and distributing nearly 50 million textbooks. He enumerated security and lack of budget as challenges and problems facing ministry of education

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