New Agricultural High School inaugurated in Kunduz

Afghan-German Cooperation programme finances construction of new educational facilities for up to 480 students per year to graduate as qualified agricultural specialistse
Today, His Excellency Asif Nang, Deputy Minister of Technical and Vocational Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Mr. Martin Schuldes, Development Director of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), officially declared a new Agricultural High School open in Kunduz.

With the new school for agricultural studies, the Afghan-German Cooperation initiative will make a significant contribution to developing the agricultural sector in Kunduz and the surrounding provinces. The school has enough space for around 480 students to graduate every year. The building complexes include 16 classrooms, three training and IT rooms, two hostels, one each for male and for female students and sports facilities for a combined volleyball and basketball field.

At the opening ceremony, HE Asif Nang welcomed the new Agricultural High School financed by Germany and said, “Germany has supported Afghanistan’s education sector for more than 90 years. The construction of this Agricultural High School in Kunduz is another example of the excellent cooperation between the two countries.” Dr. Martin Schuldes also showed his government’s appreciation for the excellent cooperation between the two countries, stating, “that Germany will continue to be a reliable partner – with a view to sustaining existing achievements in reconstruction and development and to further improve the living conditions of the Afghan people. Agriculture is – and will continue to be – a crucial part of the Afghan economy.”

The opening and handover of the Agricultural High School follows on from the inauguration and handover of a Teacher Training Academy (TTTA) in Kabul in December 2013, where more than 200 qualified vocational teachers will be able to graduate every year. Construction of a second academy for technical teacher training is also underway in Mazar-e Sharif as is a second Agricultural High School also in Mazar-e Sharif. Both are being built with the help of financing from the Afghan-German Cooperation programme.