German-Supported Schools in Kabul Celebrate Improved Education at Final Event

The Afghan-German Cooperation’s project Strengthening of German-supported schools in Kabul (SGS) held its final event yesterday in New Delhi, India. The project, which supports three schools in Kabul in improving their quality of education, will come to an end in March 2020 after more than six years of continuous commitment. Since 2014, the programme has supported the Aisha-e Durani School, the Jamhuriat Girls Vocational High School, and the Amani Boys High School, all of which have strong ties to Germany. These model schools serve as best practice examples for other schools and aim at improving the quality of education across the country. The event brought together 60 political partners and key stakeholders – more than half of whom women – to celebrate the commitment of the Afghan-German Cooperation.

In a speech, Deputy Minister of General Education, Dr Mohammad Ibrahim Shinwari, said, ‘We have 7.2 million students and teachers play a vital role in shaping their futures.’ He added that ‘building the capacity of teachers is one of the important aspects that greatly contribute towards quality education. The SGS project for teacher training served as a best opportunity for teachers to gain knowledge of modern teaching.’

In addition to Dr Shinwari, the Head of Afghanistan’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Ms Nadima Sahar, Head of Cultural Department Ms Johanna Borchardt representing the German Embassy in New Delhi, directors of the respective schools and SGS project team members attended the reception.

The Project Director for SGS, Mr Christian Buerckel, said in his speech, ‘This project reflects so many aspects of the German-Afghan cooperation and friendship. Together we have worked on the infrastructure of the three member schools, together we have made administration processes more efficient, and together we have continuously worked to improve teaching quality. All of that we have made together, for the benefit of more than 5,000 children.’

The event closed with a presentation of certificates to participants of the last training sessions of German as a Foreign Language and Advanced Pedagogy and Methodology.

Since the project began, SGS has taken on various challenges, such as the renovation and maintenance of buildings, the strengthening of school management and the improvement of teaching quality and has thus made an important contribution to school development in the region.

Ms Nadima Sahar, Head of TVET said, ‘We are grateful to the SGS project for their efforts as well as cooperation that support us in the achievement of our defined strategic plan.’

During the project, more than 200 teachers have benefitted directly or indirectly from advanced training courses on modern didactics conducted by international experts. Furthermore, all German teachers in the three model schools have undergone two intensive trainings in language and modern foreign language didactics, honouring the schools’ traditional commitment to teaching German as a foreign language. Another 95 teachers have enhanced their knowledge in administration, cooperation and leadership, facility and library management, STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), English as a foreign language, computers and natural sciences.

In 2019 and in this year, 32 multipliers and eight master trainers are receiving training in advanced pedagogy and methodology. They will take over the important task of training their colleagues in Kabul in order to ensure continuous quality assurance in the future and the further improvement of the three model schools.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements the programme Strengthening German-Supported Schools in Kabul (SGS) on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA). Since 2014, the programme supported and improved the infrastructure of three schools, the Aisha-e Durani School, the Jamhuriat Girls Vocational High School, the Amani Boys High School. The aim was to ensure that these schools become model schools for the entire country and that the lessons and school management make lasting improvements that can be continued under Afghan ownership. This will help strengthen all educational institutions and offer pupils qualified schooling. In all, some 5,500 boys and girls are benefitting from the programme at the three schools.