August 21, 2014

World Bank pledge $125m in Afghan Education sector

By Sajad - Wed Sep 05 2012, 7:37 pm

The World Bank and Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan on Wednesday signed an agreement under which the World Bank vowed to provide $125 million fund for the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan.

The agreement was signed in the presence of UNICEF and Embassy of Denmark representatives in capital Kabul.

UNICEF will supervise the project while Denmark will act the coordinator to spend the funds in Afghan education field.

Afghan Education Minister Farooq Wardak said the World Bank has provided around $27 million funds to improve the education system of Afghanistan.

Mr. Wardak further added around 7.14 million Afghan kids have gained access to education which includes 2.7 girls and 4.4 million boys.

He said around 1653 schools which consists of 10270 classes have been rebuilt and reconstructed across the country which has paved the way for more than 90 thousand school teachers.

He also said the new funds will help Afghan education ministry to construct 283 buildings for the schools and provide education materials and books.

Afghan Education Minister Farooq Wardak also emphasized on the maintenance reconstruction of schools and said the funds will also allocated in this regard.

He emphasized on the importance of Afghanistan’s participation in world education and said Denmark has pledged $55.7 million to improve the quality of education in Afghanistan besides the World Bank grants.

In the meantime Afghan finance minister Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal emphasized on the importance of professional trainings for the Afghan teachers which will help for the betterment of the education system in Afghanistan.

Head of the World Bank in Afghanistan said improvement of the education system in Afghanistan is a vital program for the World Bank.

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