More than 11,000 students will benefit from the new school buildings and renovated facilities that were inaugurated in Takhar province by the Afghan-German Cooperation on Monday.
Around 200 people including students, parents, teachers, elders and civil society activists attended the celebration in Takhar.
The Provincial Education Department (PED) implemented the projects with the technical support of the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF). The projects are funded at a total of about AFN 167 million.
‘The inauguration and opening of these two schools are exemplary for Takhar Province. I ask the Department of Education to take good care of the operation & maintenance. These newly constructed schools have the highest standards in the province of Takhar. The quality of education will improve a lot,” said Abdullah Qarluq, provincial governor of Takhar.
Number Awal and Bibi Maryam Girls’ High Schools are the two largest girls’ high schools in Taloqan City. They are also among the oldest schools in the city, established between 30 and 40 years ago. The existing buildings of both schools were in poor condition and not resistant against earthquakes. Nearly 90 per cent of classes took place under tents or in open air.
Classes often remained closed during rainy seasons and the sanitary facilities were inadequate.