Public library and two dormitories improve learning conditions in Baghlan
A public library and two university dormitories for men and women have been opened in Baghlan to help improve education in the province.
Funded by the Germany government, the new facilities worth 70mn AFN offer students from rural areas the possibility to pursue higher education.
At the inaugural ceremony, Shokria Asel Yaqeen, director of the Department of Information and Culture (DoIC) said, “Libraries are important in every society. This library will give more than 200,000 young Afghans easy access to books.”
The new public library has three floors, including two reading halls, seven rooms and a kitchen. It also houses a museum and a youth training centre offering a variety of courses
Somaya, a 22 year-old student at BiBi Hawa high school said, “We don’t have enough books in our school to read. I am sure that this library will help me and my classmates read more and do our homework properly. This is the first such library in Baghlan with a safe learning environment.”
Two new dormitory buildings will provide accommodation to 320 male and female students at Pol-e Khomri University.
The decision for the construction of the library and the two dormitories was taken by the Provincial Development Committee (PDC) Baghlan. The Department of Information and Culture (DoIC) and the Department of Higher Education (DoHE) managed the projects. Technical and financial assistance for planning and managing the construction came from Germany’s Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its Regional Capacity Development (RCD) program.
As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the Regional Capacity Development (RCD) program is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In six provinces in northern Afghanistan, RCD supports its partners’ development priorities 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 program aims at increasing Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthening state institutions and promoting transparency and inclusiveness.
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