• U.S., Afghan Governments Launch Program to Give Students Access to Learning Materials

    Source: U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan
    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Today, U.S. Embassy Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens and Chief Executive of Afghanistan, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, launched the Second Textbook Printing and Distribution Project. The project is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program for the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE). USAID will provide $75 million to the MoE to print and distribute 135 million approved textbooks and teacher’s guides for grades 1-12 to all public schools in Afghanistan.
    This new effort is a follow-on to the Textbook I Printing and Distribution Project from 2011-2016, when USAID partnered with the Afghan government and other donors to procure and distribute appropriate MoE-approved textbooks in Pashto, Dari, and English for the primary and lower secondary levels.
    “This is indeed an extremely important partnership between the United States and the Government of Afghanistan,” said Ambassador Llorens. “Our teams will be working hand-in-hand to ensure that this ambitious effort will be a success for the benefit of all Afghan children,” he added.
    USAID’s Textbook Printing and Distribution Projects support the MoE in expanding access to and improving the quality of basic education for Afghanistan’s school-aged children.
    “Any contribution at any time is a big contribution for human dignity and human prosperity. The printing and distribution of the textbooks is a major contribution and support for Afghanistan,” said Chief Executive, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah.
    Since 2002, USAID has supported the Afghan government in delivering quality education throughout Afghanistan by training teachers, producing and distributing millions of textbooks, helping Afghan girls attend community-based education classes, and expanding higher education opportunities.
  • Thousands of books donated to Ministry of Education

    KABUL: Deputy Minister on Youth Affairs of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Kamal Sadat handed over 8000 books donated by the ministry’s Public Libraries directorate to the Ministry of Education here yesterday, BNA reported.
    According to Bakhtar News Agency, during the handing over ceremony,which was also attended by director of the Public Libraries Hamidullah Shahrani and the MoI’s director of the Publication Kabir Haqmal, deputy minister on youth affairs said that the books were in two national languages of Dari and Pashto and mostly covers health guidance, religion and Islamic believes on drug usage.
    “The donation made by the Ministry of Information and Culture’s directorate of the Public Librariesto further enrich the schools’ libraries”, Kamal Sadat said, adding MoIC making efforts to further boost book reading culture across the country. Hinting to book’s important role in development of a society, the Ministry of Education’s deputy minister on public education thanked MoIC’s donation of the books.
    The Kabul Times
  • Dr Farooq Wardak interview with aljazeera

    Farooq Wardak: Afghan Education Minister
    source: JAZEERA
    Despite opposition to girls education, the man leading Afghanistan's education system insists he is making progress.

    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. 

    Since the Taliban was driven from power in 2001, the Afghan education ministry says the number of students have risen by nearly 110 percent. 
    Female literacy, once non-existant under the Taliban, is now said to have tripled with 42 percent of girls enrolled in schools across the country. 
    But the quality of education provided is questionable, with many teachers themselves not having received formal training, corruption within the education system is endemic. And many children in rural areas still controlled by the Taliban are unable to attend school. At times, cultural and religious sensitivities are also an obstacle to quality education.
    Al Jazeera recently visited a school in which a male teacher was ensconced in a box while teaching his class of female students.
    With all these challenges facing him, Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak, who recently attended the Educate a Child summit in Doha  has nevertheless promised universal access to primary schooling for all Afghan children by 2020.

  • “Technical, professional school should be established in every province, district” Minister of Education

    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.

  • Paktika school reopens after 13 years


    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.

  • Flat broke, a father wants to educate sons


    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.

  • Remaining 4m textbooks reach Kabul


    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.