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Afghanistan is a country ravaged by war, poverty and internal conflict, but there is one success story the country likes to point out, its education system.
December, 08, 2012
Source: The Kabul Times
Kabul: on the threshold of release world supervision report on “Education For All” a meeting was organized with the participation of Minister of Education and the representative of the UNESCO in Kabul.
Farooq wardak Minister of Education said at this meeting that there are 15700 schools in Afghanistan and there is need that from the 7th to 12 grades a professional subject is taught to the students, so that after graduation they learn a craft while this does not exit in today`s curriculum. In case this program is realize the youth who do economic problems cannot find ways into the higher education can work in free market and this way meet their family needs.
The minister is asserting this at a time that a great segment of youth in the country is facing joblessness.
Aug 11, 2012 - 15:26
SHARAN (PAN): A school reopened after 13 years of closure in the southeastern province of Paktika, officials said on Saturday.
The Burj Primary School was reopened with cooperation from tribal elders in the Dila area of Khushamand district, the acting education director said.
Atta Mohammad Qani told Pajhwok Afghan News: “There are five more schools that remain closed for different reasons, but we are trying to reopen them.”
The reopening is an achievement for the education department and ministry, according to the official, who said up to 24 schools were closed in the province but 19 of them had been reopened.
Sep 7, 2012 - 16:16
KABUL (PAN): “Illiteracy has literally made life miserable for me. I’m finding it very hard to make ends meet but my brother -- a teacher by profession -- is leading a happy life,” says Baz Mohammad.
Although the 53-year-old from eastern Kunar province has spent most of his life doing a variety of manual works, he is yet to heave a sigh of relief. He being the elder son helped his father eke out a living for his family.
Unable to go to school for reasons of poverty, he told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I’ve done all manual jobs you can think of. And to boot, I have to put up with abusive language at times, in the hope of earning a few pennies.”
Still mired in penury and not capable of doing strenuous work, his children -- two sons and five daughters -- are too small to supplement his income. Despite all his woes, Mohammad wants his children to receive education.
Having experienced the disadvantages of being uneducated, the man does not want his children to toil like him. His sons are 9th and 5th grade students. However, his daughters can’t go to school because of insecurity in the area.
On the other hand, his 40-year-old brother Khan Mohammad became a teacher after completing his school education. “Being an educated man, my brother is enjoying better economic conditions and respect from people.”
A fruit cart vendor in Asadabad, the capital of Kunar, Abdullah gets up early in the morning and returns home in the evening. In an effort to support his family, he has to work from dawn to dusk in harsh weather conditions.
“If I had received education, my life would have been less tired and less anguished,” remarked the 35-year-old, frustration writ large on his face. He has this piece of advice for youth: Focus on education for a bright and prosperous future.
Sharifullah, 33, a taxi driver, is faced with similar problems due illiteracy. “My elders would send me to school, but I clung to truancy. Today, I’m so repentant. But there is no use crying over spilt milk.” His message to youngsters: Time once gone cannot be recalled.
A religious scholar from neighbouring Kandahar province says Islam sets great store by education. Maulana Abdur Rahman adds Hazrat Adam (AS) gained an upper hand over angels because of knowledge.
Sep 18, 2012 - 18:40
KABUL (PAN): Containers carrying four million textbooks reached Kabul over the past three days after remaining stranded for a year in neighbouring Pakistan, an official said on Tuesday.
Education Ministry spokesman Amanullah Eman told Pajhwok Afghan News the long-awaited textbooks loaded on 77 containers reached the capital without being damaged.
The books were to be distributed to schools across the country at the start of the ongoing academic year, but the process was delayed after Pakistani authorities stopped the containers leaving the Karachi port.
Without giving specific dates, Eman said the books would be distributed to students in hot areas in the near future and in cold parts of the country next year.
A total of seven million textbooks for secondary school students were published by the US military in the United Arabic Emirates (UAE).
Hundreds of Afghan containers with commercial goods have been stuck in Pakistan since a Nov. 26 NATO airstrike that hit two security posts in the Mohmand tribal region.