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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.”
Monitoring Desk

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The director of Kabul Education Department appreciated 13 top students here on Sunday who earlier taken parts in essay writing competition in Kabul, BNA reported.
According to the agency around 800 students took part in the competition and 13 top students were selected among them.
Meanwhile Dr. Samim deputy minister on Islamic education of the Ministry of Education and Director of Kabul Education Department Dr. Mansoor spoke related to essay writing and importance of holding such programs for raising the level of knowledge of the students, the agency added.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah participated in graduation ceremony of 127 students completed their higher education with financial and spiritual support of the country’s chief executive.
Speaking in the ceremony, the country’s chief executive said that the future of Afghanistan depended on aware, knowledgeable and educated generation and this would be guaranteed by expansion of knowledge and education in Afghanistan society.  He asserted that he had financially supported 500 students from various provinces to complete their higher education at private universities, while 1000 others were following their higher education with 40-50% discount and now they were celebrating the graduation of 127 of the students.
“Tribal variety in Afghanistan is the beauty of our nation, so those who are not able to continue higher education will be financially supported without any tribal and ethnical discrimination and the process will continue”, Dr. Abdullah added.
It is worth mentioning that 127 students from Kabul, Herat, Takhar, Faryab, Nangarhar, Helmand, Kandahar, Parwan and Khost provinces have completed their higher education with financial and spiritual support of the country’s chief executive. 

Monday, April 10, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  In a conference held on “Reforms in Higher Education System’, the president’s special representative on reforms and good governance, Ahmad Zia Massoud said higher education institutes can bring positive changes in the society, BNA reported.
According to the agency, at the outset, the president’s special envoy advisor on cultural and media affairs, Asarul Haq Hakimi briefed about their activities, adding since its establishment, office of the presient’s special envoy could attain achieves in related affairs.
Calling relations among government, youth and civil entities important, Zia Masoud said we wouldn’t face growth and development in the society unless positive cultural changes were created, BNA added.
During the conference, Massoud said continued war, insecurity and ruling traditional culture have caused political instability in the country and we could only overcome these challenges by education, the agency continued.
The conference was attended also attended by the minister of higher educations, Dr. Farida Momand, representatives of other ministries and government administrations, teachers, scholars, rectors of government and private universities and a number of university students. 

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