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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Information and Culture for Youth Affairs, Dr. Kamal Sadat during a grand ceremony opened the computer center of the Asra Orphanage here in Kabul, the other day, BNA reported.
The center which was funded and equipped by the MTN Communication Network, was inaugurated by the deputy minister, Dr. Sadat who thanked Hassan Jaber, chief of the MTN for his cooperation with the families of orphans and needy destitute children as well as to the education centers. Hassan Jaber also said his network had provided cooperation in different fields with the needy children families, since it got operational in Afghanistan, the agency added. Sadat called orphans, poverty and destruction, the negative consequence of war and asked the government armed oppositions to give up violence and join peace process, the BNA quoted. He asked other organizations for doing more to improve the life condition of children and their needy families, according to the agency. To conclude with, the deputy minister donated letter of appreciation to chief of MTN Company, Hassan Jaber who was also praised with another appreciation letter by the member officials of the orphanage for his services to the center.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Swiss UMEF University of Afghanistan held its first convocation of Master of Business Administration (MBA) here on Thursday.
Congratulating the 110 graduates, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in his message read-out by cultural advisor Asadullah Ghazanfar termed education as key to developments and stability.
“I hope the private higher education institutions with full responsibility lead high quality academic programs and put ending point to illiteracy in Afghanistan,” the president said in his message.
Inaugurating the event, professor Jawid Sangdel, the rector of UMEF university in Geneva of Swiss said that a nation would not turn to a real nation, if they don’t respect the pen, and a country sees no development, if the talented young generations to be ignored.
“I want to thank the president for initiating the infrastructural projects which are key to development of the country,” Prof. Sangdel said, asking the president to pay further attention for education and higher education systems in Afghanistan. Sangdel went on saying that Afghanistan facing leadership crisis rather than the economic one, asking the new graduates to be loyal on their commitments and serve their nation. He also criticized the Minister of Higher Education for neglecting the convocation ceremony, which was the first in its kind by a European university in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, former Minister of Information and Culture and rector of Swiss UMEF University of Afghanistan said that it is immense pleasure to see Afghan youths being graduated from a prestigious European university in Afghanistan, adding that the country’s education and higher education were badly affected due to several years of war, hoping that the new graduates with modern academic background could serve their people and the country as whole.
Later, Henk Jan Bakker, the Ambassador of the Netherlands also delivered speech, asking the graduates no to flee from their country, but to stay and serve their nation. He also called on the graduates not to be satisfied for what they have learnt throughout the course, but further investigate and develop their capacities.
Praising the UMEF University of Afghanistan’s modern academic system and calling it one of the top universities in Afghanistan, Wolesi Jirga’s head of Education and Higher Education commission Homaira Ayoubi said that activity of international universities would further push the other higher education institutions in the country to develop their capacities, adding that UMEF could be an example for quality educations in Afghanistan. The ambassador of Tajikistan, deputy rector of Swiss Geneva University and two fresh graduates of MBA batch delivered their speeches on quality education of Swiss UMEF University in Afghanistan, asking the government to use the capacity of the new graduates in major development projects which lead the country towards peace and stability as well as regional convergence.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Chinese Bridge, the worldwide contest of Chinese proficiency for foreign college student, was held in Kabul on Sunday, the first of its kind in the country.
Eight students from the Confucius Institute at Kabul University took part in the contest and the best two will present Afghanistan for the final competitions in China this year.
Addressing the contest, Zhang Zhixin, Charge de affairs A.I. of the Chinese embassy to Afghanistan, said the Chinese Bridge Contest aims at boosting the Chinese language and culture among Afghan learners and, in extent, further promoting the cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between the two neighboring nations.
He stressed that China will further enhance the support of Chinese language education in Afghanistan.
Habibullah Habib, chancellor of the Kabul University, said the Chinese language education bridges the communication and cultural exchanges among Afghanistan and China. With the fast-paced economic development in China, more and more Afghan youths have shown their interest in learning Chinese.
He hoped the Afghan students will enhance their command of the Chinese language and also take lessons from the Chinese experience of socio-economic development to benefit Afghanistan.
Jan Ali Yousufi and Negina Sana won the top two after three rounds of competition, namely Chinese Proficiency, knowledge about China and Chinese culture, Chinese culture-related talent show.
Sana told Chinese Xinhua news agency that she felt excited to win the competition and wants to serve the communication and exchanges between the two peoples in the future by further enhancing her Chinese proficiency.
Zhao Jingwu, Chinese director of the Confucius Institute, saw a bright future of Chinese education in war-plagued Afghanistan.
He believes that there will be more and more Afghan Chinese learners in the future as the Belt and Road Initiative has entered into the implementation stage.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Kabul (BNA) National literacy committee’s session was held yesterday under the chairmanship of second vice president and head of the committee Sarwar Danesh. In the session, second vice president while pointing to verdict of the country’s constitution considered literacy as one of Afghanistan government’s key responsibilities, saying that the government’s this responsibility has been clearly mentioned in education law. Afterwards, minister of education reported the session related to expansion of literacy programs of other government institutions for employees deprived of literacy. Based on the report of the education ministry for literacy programs and counter illiteracy, MoU been signed between education ministry and ministries of women affairs, Hajj and national radio and television of Afghanistan and similar MoUs will be signed with other government institutions in future.
In the session, the committee decided that all government institutions should be asked to deliver their working repot related to literacy programs for those illiterate employees and personnel who working in government organs to the next session of the committee. According to another report, second vice president Sarwar Danesh met yesterday with representatives of ayatollah al-Uzma Mohammad Ishaq Fayaz.

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