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How to design school buildings – architects, engineers and education experts explore best practices

Schools and the way they are built influence the ability of teachers and students alike to teach and learn. With many schools in Afghanistan still lacking proper facilities, education authorities are addressing the question of the best environment for schoolchildren

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Education Ministry should seek return of educated Afghan expats

Newly appointed Education Minister Farida Mohmand presented her 100-day plan to President Ashraf Ghani. Her plans include reforms in Kankur examinations, improvement of higher education, tackling red tape and finalizing national gender research and strategy policy. According to a statement

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Afghan students enjoy a roof over their heads at school

Not long ago, the 420 students of the Afghan Mena Elementary School had to study in an open lot because their school did not have enclosed classrooms. Today, students sit in classrooms in a two-story building in Jalalabad city, the

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Afghan students to receive trainings as per job market demands

The University Support and Workforce Development Project (USWDP), funded by the USAID, is providing trainings to Afghan university students as per the demand in market. Kandahar University is one of the 10 universities that is included in the program as

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Enrollment of Afghan apprentices in technical and vocational institutes in Mazar and Kabul

Two-hundred apprentices started the first day of studies in the Oil & Gas Institute in Mazar- Sharif on Sunday. Last Sunday, 850 further apprentices or shagerdis were officially enrolled in five institutes in Kabul. The 1,050 students around the country

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Shura held to confer on improving education in Parwan province

A shura (Afghan word for a consultative meeting) was held in Parwan province to exchange ideas on how to improve education and security in Parwan. The shura involved representatives from the Task Force Solid and the provincial education sector. The

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Afghan teacher in the Top 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize

Afghan Teacher, Azizullah Royesh, has made it to the top 10 finalists for Global Teacher Prize of Varkey Foundation. Royesh has been named in the top 10 finalists out of 5,000 nominees for the prestigious prize which is worth one-million

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Germany pledges AFN 196 million for new school construction program in Badakhshan

The Afghan-German Cooperation officially launched a new program for school construction in Badakhshan province. In cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Education, the German Government has offered technical and financial assistance to help the ministry and education departments in Badakhshan

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The Afghan education revolution and the role the media play

The Mediothek Media House in Mazar-e-Sharif hosted the fourth 2014-2015 Media Meeting on reporting education in the Afghan media. Teaching experts Abdul Aziz Azizi, Director of the Balkh Department of Education, and Dr. Gustav Reier, head of the Afghan-German Cooperation

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New women’s dormitory built at Herat University with US funding

A new women’s dormitory is built at Herat University with financial collaboration from the United States Forces Afghanistan. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to that effect was signed on Monday between the Embassy of the United States of America in

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Germany invests over AFN 39 million in education facilities in Baghlan, Kunduz

Germany funds establishment of education and library facilities in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces in an attempt to improve the local education situation. New public buildings–one administrative building for the Department of Education (DoE) in the district of Baghlan Markazi and

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Global Partnership for Education agrees on USD 100mn for Afghanistan

Note: This article has been revised for accuracy. The Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) at its meeting in December agreed on an indicative allocation of USD 100mn to which Afghanistan can apply. The Afghanistan Ministry

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TVET schools open doors to Afghanistan’s apprentices in cooperation deal supported by Germany

This week, a new agreement set to modernize Afghanistan’s Oustad-Shagerdi or traditional apprenticeship system was signed between Assif Nang, Deputy Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Hassan Sepahi, Chairman of the Federation of Afghan Crafts and Trade

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Thousands of Afghans to receive vocational trainings

The Afghan Ministry of Education plans to launch vocational training program for Afghan youths with financial collaboration from Germany, US government and Australia. An agreement to that effect was signed on Sunday in Kabul. This comes as Afghan youths are

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Peace education syllabus and textbooks for teacher training colleges in Northern Afghanistan

The Teacher Education Directorate (TED) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) introduced a new peace education curriculum for students at Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) on Wednesday, supported by the German and Swiss Governments. The new curriculum teaches prospective teachers the

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Education Ministry has made noticeable progress over the past 13 years: Minister Farooq Wardak

Addressing Kabul’s Social Council on Saturday, Minister Farooq Wardak reflected on the achievements of the Education Ministry over the past 13 years. The Education Ministry has had noticeable accomplishments over the past 13 years. The international community has appreciated this

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Distribution of 2 million books begins in Balkh Province

The Afghan Education Ministry has begun distribution of 2 million books for primary schools in the capital and districts of Balkh province. Costing 60mn AFN, the books are expected to be distributed across the province in a month. “We will

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60 government workers receive training in farming and road maintenance from Germany

Last week, 60 project engineers from various line departments in Faizabad and agricultural department extension workers from 27 districts in Badakhshan province successfully completed two different training courses in their fields of work. The project engineers received training in road

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Afghanistan and Germany agree to support establishment of model schools for top students

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education and Germany’s Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) sign Memorandum of Understanding on “Strengthening German-Supported Schools in Kabul”. The project goal is to jointly develop a model school system aimed at highly-performing students. At the signing

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SCA annual report: millions were provided services

“We intend to remain in Afghanistan and continue to believe that solidarity between people can contribute to a peaceful future for Afghanistan. When others slow down, we shift into a higher gear.” Outgoing chairperson of Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA),

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First graduates of Kabul University’s Public Policy and Administration program receive Masters Degrees

Ten women and eight men received advanced diplomas in Public Policy and Administration from Kabul University on Wednesday to become the first graduates of a national leader development program financed by the United States. “The graduation of these 18 students

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30,000 students in Takhar to benefit from new school buildings

German Development Bank and other international donors have pledged USD 3mn for construction of 7 schools across northern Takhar province. Constructed in Chal, Bangi, Rustaq and Cha Aab districts of the province, the school buildings will benefit 30,000 students. Fifty-two

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Construction of two new student dormitories in Pul-e-Khumri, Baghlan

Today marked the official start of construction work of two new dormitory buildings on the campus of Hussain Khel in Pul-e-Khumri district in Baghlan province. The buildings will be ready in May 2015 and will cost a total of AFN

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Swedish Committee for Afghanistan pledges $180m in aid over 4 years

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) would provide Kabul $180 million in aid as part of a four-year plan for health, education, rural rehabilitation and local governance, an official said on Tuesday. SCA General Secretary Anna-Karin Johansson told a press

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Afghan experts discuss gender equality in the education system from a human rights perspective

At a two-day workshop in Kabul, 40 experts discussed gender equality in the education system from a human rights perspective. Taking part in discussions on models for child-friendly schools, participants included officials from the Ministries of Education, Women Affairs and

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