Improving Education: Six New Schools in Badakhshan Benefit 4,000 Students
At the handover ceremony, Mr. Rohullah Mohaqiq, Head of Provincial Education Department expressed: “We have a historical and rooted relationship with the German Government and people. The completion of these six schools is highly valuable for the PED since these schools will provide a suitable learning environment for children in a very remote area of Badakhshan province.”
In the past, students had to attend their classes under tents or outside, during both hot and cold weather. Therefore, Badakhshan’s PED proposed the initial plan to construct ten schools in Badakhshan’s rural areas to the Provincial Development Committee. It further developed the schools’ design with RIDF’s support. Construction works started in 2016. Today, six new school buildings are completed. The remaining four schools are located in the provincial capital Feyzabad and the districts of Yaftal-e Payan and Shahr-e Buzurg. They are expected to be finished in the months to come.
The buildings offer a total of 74 fully equipped classrooms and 23 administrative rooms. Clean water wells and toilets significantly improve hygienic conditions, mitigating the risk of infections. Volleyball courts, walk ways and newly planted trees ensure a pleasant learning environment for more than 4,000 students, both male and female. Each school compound is further equipped with a guardroom, a boundary wall and an entrance gate.
Throughout the project’s implementation, RIDF offered on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring sessions for PED’s engineers and managers. The activities aimed at improving the department’s capacities for identifying, designing 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 in the future. For example, RIDF has funded about 160 kilometres of roads, 50 kilometres of irrigation canals and 11 protection dams against flooding or erosion since 2011. At the same time, the project has organised almost 900 job-specific seminars for more than 3,000 people facilitating the independent realisation of future infrastructure projects.