Public library and two dormitories improve learning conditions in Baghlan

Last week, a new library opened to the public and students in Baghlan’s capital Pol-e Khomri
The library will give people a chance to read books for private and professional purposes. Additionally, two separate university dormitories opened for men and women. This now offers students from rural areas the possibility to pursue higher education. Germany funded construction of the library and the dormitories with about AFN 70 million.

At the opening, Shokria Asel Yaqeen, director of the Department of Information and Culture (DoIC) said, “Libraries are important in every society. This library will give more than 200,000 young Afghans easy access to books.” The new public library has three floors, including two reading halls, seven rooms and a kitchen. It also houses a museum and a youth training centre offering a variety of courses.

Somaya, a 22 year-old student at BeBe Hawa high school said, “We don’t have enough books in our school for study. I am sure that this library will help me and my classmates read more and do our homework properly. This is the first such library in Baghlan with a safe study environment.”

Two new dormitory buildings will also positively impact students’ learning conditions.  320 male and female students will be able to sleep on the university campus of Pol-e Khomri University. This will give students from rural areas in Baghlan a chance to pursue their studies. Especially for women this is an opportunity they rarely have, because for them it is even harder than for men to commute between their home villages and the university.

The decision for the construction of the library and the two dormitories was taken by the Provincial Development Committee (PDC) Baghlan. The Department of Information and Culture (DoIC) and the Department of Higher Education (DoHE) managed the projects. Technical and financial assistance for planning and managing the construction came from Germany’s Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its Regional Capacity Development (RCD) programme.

As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the Regional Capacity Development (RCD) programme is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In six provinces in northern Afghanistan, RCD supports its partners’ development priorities in the provinces and districts, while at the same time providing training and coaching programmes for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the programme aims at increasing Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthening state institutions and promoting transparency and inclusiveness.