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UINICEF Grants Education Ministry $68.5m


KABUL – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday agreed to grant $68.5 million to the education ministry, an official said. Under an agreement signed in Kabul, 2,270 schools will be built in rural areas to pave the ground for provide education to 555,000 children. Education Minister Dr. Farooq Wardak and Peter Crowely, the UNICEF country director, signed the contract.

Wardak said the ministry would build 607 rapid literacy centres to facilitate 125,000 people’s access to education. He added buildings for 70 schools would be constructed in Daikundi, Ghor and Bamyan provinces. Eleven more school buildings will be constructed in Balkh, Sar-i-Pul, Samangan and Jawzjan provinces.

The ministry will also arrange clean water and print textbooks for schoolchildren. For his part, Crowely hailed girls’ enrollment in schools over the past decade as a huge achievement for the war-torn country. But he stressed more efforts to encourage girls’ education, which was banned during Taliban’s rule. (PAN)

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  • Shukoor Rohani

    January 26th, 2012
    TO: CAI-AWDP Deputy Chief of Party
    RE: KPS Letter of Introduction

    Dear Sir,
    Karwan Private School (KPS) is a private elementary school established in Kabul, Afghanistan to provide Afghan girls with the opportunity to pursue their primary education. KPS was registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Afghan Investment Support Agency (AISA) in 2008, and it has continued to build out its facilities and develop its resources over the past four years. KPS currently maintains an all-female Academic staff and is providing education to almost 1,50 young girls in the city. The Kabul campus has 15 classrooms, a library and computer lab, a playground, a kitchen and cafeteria, and a small clinic. KPS maintains positive relations with the local community and government, and seeks to expand its operations to offer additional services to children who cannot get them elsewhere.
    KPS is very aware of the needs and demands of private sector education in Afghanistan, and would like to leverage this unique understanding and their resources as a private school to take part in the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program (AWDP). KPS believes that by utilizing the AWDP training and job placement model, we can make a difference for many private schools, their employees, other organization stakeholders, and area job-seekers.
    We have conducted a brief survey in Kabul and encountered actionable feedback to support our concept. The survey was conducted in District 5, and 5 schools were contacted. Universally, these organizations identified a need for administrative training, tax education, and general pedagogy. Many of these schools had issues with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance due to administrative issues. All of them identified a very pressing need to better develop the educational skills of their teachers.
    KPS would like to harness its resources to contact more Kabul area schools and engage them in a targeted AWDP jobs placement project. We believe a substantial opportunity is available in the private school sector of Kabul; predominately among primary and secondary schools. By partnering with KPS to address these needs, we believe your organization would benefit through tangible growth in the private education sector substantiated in promotions and job placement from among project participants.
    We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss this idea with you. Please reach out to us if you are available to meet or have any questions.

    Sayed Abdul Shukoor Rohani, Chairman
    Karwan Private School


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