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)