Two Schools, a Teacher Training College and an Irrigation Canal Inaugurated in Baghlan

The Afghan-German Cooperation handed over a Teacher Training College (TTC)
Yesterday, the Afghan-German Cooperation handed over a Teacher Training College (TTC), two newly constructed school buildings and one irrigation canal construction to the local government in Baghlan province. The German government funded these four construction projects at a total cost of more than AFN 50 million via the Stabilisation Programme for Northern Afghanistan (SPNA).

During the inauguration ceremony, a representative of the Department of Education, Mr Ab Rawof Stanikzay, encouraged people to send their daughters to high school. The TTC teacher Mr Qare Abdul Hafiz said: ”I remember that there was one temporary place with tents allocated to our TTC in Pul-e-Hesar. Teachers and students had to walk 10 kilometres or so to attend classes. We didn’t have a good teaching environment. Thus, students often could not attend classes in winter or summer. Thanks to the German funding of our TTC building, we now have a standard place for teaching. This will have positive effects on the overall learning quality.”

The new TTC consists of six furnished classrooms, two administrative rooms, a 168-metre boundary wall, six set latrines and a deep well that provides drinking water for all students. More than 163 students (65 boys and 98 girls) can now attend classes at the new college. 63 professional teachers are expected to graduate annually.

The Afghan-German Cooperation further handed over two newly constructed schools that include computers and laboratories: Khoja Baidad and Kotali Morgh in Deah Salah district. Both schools offer space to 1,110 students – 580 boys and 530 girls.

The new irrigation canal in Pule-Hesar benefits 5,600 families and contributes to the people’s livelihood and local economy.

The District Development Assemblies (DDAs) and the Provincial Department of Education jointly decided to implement these projects. Their completion was a top priority in the Districts Development Plans in the mentioned districts.

The programme SPNA is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, managed by KfW Development Bank and implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation, in partnership with the non-governmental organisation Mercy Corps and the French Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). The total programme budget amounts to over AFN 7 billion for the period 2010 to 2018, targeting the North-ern provinces Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan. So far, more than 423 small- and medium-size infrastructure projects (most of them educational infrastructures) have been funded in 57 districts; and in Baghlan alone, 99 projects have been accomplished in eight districts, including the provincial capital Puli-Khumri city.