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    One school built, work on another begins

    JALALABAD (PAN): Construction work on one school was completed in Momand Dara district, while the foundation stone of another was laid in the Behsud town of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, officials said on Monday.

    The schools would cost $288,000, provided by the governments of Japan and Germany, Nangarhar Education Department spokesman Muhammad Asif Shinwari said.

    Construction work on the Naheed Shaheed School in Behsud district had been initiated with a grant of $200,000 from a German-based NGO nine months back. With the construction of 12 classrooms, the space problem for 2,000 girl students would be resolved, Shinwari said.

    Elsewhere in the province, work on Ali Jan School in Momand Dara was completed at a cost of $88,700, donated by a Japanese NGO. The school was handed over to the Education Department, Deputy Director Syed Essa Saadat said.    

    The school has eight classrooms and administrative rooms and a library. Almost 600,000 students, 40 percent of them girls, are receiving education in 780 schools across the province. Half of the schools have no proper buildings.