The first prize went to Zainab Safi for a hajj app idea that helps users find their way around the city of Mecca and its important sights. Monibullah Monib won the second prize for an app concept that calculates building material quantity and cost estimates for construction projects. The third prize went to Mohammad Zaki Askari with his plan for an educational assistant app aimed at students. A total of 100 students from various faculties took part in the competition.
At the Mediothek’s Media House in Mazar-e-Sharif, economics experts Mohammad Hakim Sahibzada, Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Balkh University, and Hussain Ali Mahrammi, National Project Coordinator of the Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion programme at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, came together to outline their perspectives of the business climate in Afghanistan and how the media cover it. Shogofa Kochizada from local station Radio Bayan-e Shomal moderated.
The announcement and launch of the newsletter coincided with the completion of five days of strategic public relations (PR) training, which started 28th October 2014. 30 employees from various govern-ment institutions, civil society representatives and members of Takhar’s press corps all took part in the course. They learnt how to draft strategic communications plans to publicize government activities. The aim of adopting more PR measures, including the newsletter, is to help establish better relations with communities through more transparency of government decision-making processes.
The shuras represent women’s interests and can allow greater participation in the adminstrative level. The aim is to boost the profile of women in politics, both at the grass-roots level and in high-ranking governmental positions in ministries, governors’ offices, and in district governors’ and mayors’ posts, for example. The shuras’ long-term goal is to empower women to take on more repsonsibility and a greater presence both in political roles and in the public and private sectors, for example in schools, hospitals, business and the media.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, hosted by the district government of Balkh district, Temorshah Payeez, Balkh District Governor, spoke to an audience of representatives from the provincial government of Balkh and Afghan-German Cooperation. He said, “The new public library will enrich the culture of study for the district’s residents. With the support from Germany, the local government can especially benefit education opportunities for the young academic generation in the area.”
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Sher Baz Zadran Senior Advisor for the Minister of Higher Education, said, “Today’s opening marks a big step toward greater equal opportunities for women in education. Families can now allow their daughters to leave the family home and attend Badakhshan University in a safe environment.” Dr. Shah Wali Allah Adib, Governor of Badakhshan, added, “This housing project addresses one of the major challenges women students face in getting a university education.
As one villager said in his speech at the inauguration ceremony, “Construction of the Bangi Bridge has led to more boys and girls registered in the district’s schools. In the past, our children in our villages could not attend school because the way was too long for them to go every day.
As Asif Nang said about the closing of the new deal, “From now on, the gates of the TVET institutes are open for students from the Oustad-Shagerdi system. We want to modernize the traditional apprenticeship system for all occupations. Afghanistan’s economic self-sufficiency depends on this measure.”
On the occasion of the announcement, Germany’s Ambassador to Afghanistan H.E. Markus Potzel emphasized: “Germany is committed to continuing its support for the Afghan people in partnership with the new national unity government. Beyond 2014, we will remain in the country as a close partner, bringing development and assistance to where it is needed. Our key priority is to help improve the living conditions of the Afghan people, such as provision of healthcare, education and better infrastructure, especially in remote districts that have little to no access to basic services.”
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony in Khurmab, Mr. Mulla Ata, District Governor of Farkhar District, emphasized that the people of Farkhar are very happy that this building project had finally begun. He said, “With the promise of proper school facilities, around 5,000 people in Farkhar – or 600 to 700 families – stand to benefit from the impact of this project.” In his speech, the director also announced that the DRRD and all implementing CDCs will build the school in accordance with required quality and with the participation of the community.