New community school under construction in Farkhar district in Takhar with German support
Construction work on a new school for the community of Khurmab village in Farkhar district in Takhar province officially began on Sunday. Once built, up to 860 students, 310 girls and 550 boys, will be able to get a proper education in a wide range of subjects. Currently, pupils have to take lessons outside, under tents or under the shade of trees. The construction project is part of a new pilot project launched by the German government and provincial government in Takhar. The aim of the project is to encourage a bottom-up approach in communities. With the agreement, Community Development Councils (CDCs), like the one in the remote village of Khurmab, have greater decision-making say in their own development projects. In Khurmab, for example, the village population started the building and planning work for the school building by themselves. Support from Germany amounts to a total of AFN 4.8 million.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony in Khurmab, Mr. Mulla Ata, District Governor of Farkhar District, emphasized that the people of Farkhar are very happy that this building project had finally begun. He said, “With the promise of proper school facilities, around 5,000 people in Farkhar – or 600 to 700 families – stand to benefit from the impact of this project.” In his speech, the director also announced that the DRRD and all implementing CDCs will build the school in accordance with required quality and with the participation of the community.
Sayed Allah, one of the heads of the CDC in Khurmab, added, “We want our children to be literate, and we need this school to protect our children from heat, rain, cold, flood waters and any other distractions, so they can learn properly. That is why the community fully supports this project and is making a large contribution; from planning to helping to build the school, we were involved in the project from the very first step. ”
Following the request from the village, the District Development Committee (DDC) in Farkhar prioritized the project and the Provincial Development Committee (PDC) endorsed it. The CDC also provided a contribution from the community to construction and started the building work in cooperation with the DRRD. A total of AFN 4.8 million in financial and technical support has come from the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
At the ceremony, Mr. Mulla Ata, District Governor of Farkhar District, and more than 200 representatives from the Provincial Development Committee, Provincial Council, District Development Committee (DDC), District Development Assembly (DDA), CDCs, village elders, religious leaders and villagers. Representing German Cooperation with Afghanistan, Germany’s BMZ Development Commissioner, Dr. Frank Pohl, attended the event too.
Previous pupils from the village of Khurmab include Mawlawi Abdul Wali Hujat , Minister of the Fundamental Islamic (Hajj) Ministry during Zaheer Shah’s government, and Mawlawi abul Hadi, advisory minister for governance during Zaheer Shah’s government.
As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In six northern provinces, the RCDF supports the development priorities of its Afghan partners in the provinces and districts, while at the same time providing training and coaching programs for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions in provinces, districts and villages, and promote transparency and inclusiveness.
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