New High School Buildings to Benefit 5,400 Students in Samangan

Yesterday, the ground-breaking ceremony for three high school buildings took place in Samangan’s provincial capital Aybak. Provincial Education Department (PED) officials and Afghan-German Cooperation representatives of the attended the event. The facilities will provide an adequate learning environment for more than 5,400 students, both girls and boys. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) supports the PED in implementing the project and funds the school buildings’ construction at a total cost of about AFN 111 million.

Samangan Province’s Governor, Mr Al Haj Abdul Latif Ebrahimi, commented: ‘We are thankful for the German government’s support. Ajani Malika Girls’ High School is one of the most important schools in our province. Today, most students are studying under tents. The construction of these school buildings is therefore a vital need.”

In October 2015, a massive earthquake damaged the main buildings of Ajani Malika Girls’ High School and Kohna Aybak Boys’ High School, rendering them unusable. Samangan’s PED immediately identified the need for new facilities that were approved the very same year.  Construction works will last for about two years, providing many job opportunities for citizens in the area. In total, about 100,000 people will benefit from the activity.

The Provincial Director of Samangan’s PED, Mr Abdul Matin Sarwari, emphasised: ‘We are happy to witness the school projects’ implementation in our province. We have to ensure that we use, operate and maintain these facilities appropriately.’

The new facilities will include three double-story buildings, two buildings for Ajani Malika Girls’ High School and one for Kohna Aybak Boys’ High School. Each building will offer 13 fully equipped classrooms and two administrative rooms. To ensure an adequate and safe learning environment, constructions also include ancillary facilities such as entrance gates, power connections, drinking water reservoirs, footpaths and playgrounds.  

During construction works, RIDF offers on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring sessions for engineers and managers working at Samangan’s PED. These activities aim at strengthening the department’s capacities for identifying, managing and implementing similar projects independently in the future.

The Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) is being implemented by KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme aims at improving economic and social infrastructure in Northern Afghanistan while enabling provincial administrations to plan and implement development programmes independently. Since 2011, the programme has funded, constructed or rehabilitated more than 160 kilometres of roads, 50 kilometres of irrigation canals and 11 protection dams against flooding or erosion in the provinces Balkh, Kunduz, Baghlan, Takhar, and Badakhshan. In Samangan, RIDF is currently implementing two school rehabilitation projects and a road project. At the same time, the programme has organised about 900 job-specific on-the-job training, coaching and seminars for more than 3,000 engineers and governmental employees facilitating the independent realisation of future infrastructure projects.