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New library with 5,000 books opens in Kunduz

New library with 5,000 books opens in Kunduz

Sep 01, 2015 - 15:56

KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): A new library stocking 5,000 books on a wide range of subjects has been opened in the Khanabad district of northern Kunduz province, the German Cooperation with Afghanistaninfo-icon said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the German Cooperation with Afghanistan said Germany supported the construction of the library as well as the purchase of the books with more than 4.5 million afghanis in funding.

Not only students and public servants, but all citizens would have a chance to read books who couldn’t do so otherwise.

Speaking at the library’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, Khanabad district chief Hayatullah Amiri said “this library will give easy access to books which will increase knowledge of residents of Khanabad. It is up to us now to make the culture of book reading alive.”

To celebrate the opening of the new library, Amiri was joined by representatives from local government institutions, school teachers, students and community elders.

Besides stocking 5,000 books, the library also has two separate reading halls – one for womeninfo-icon and one for men. Female citizens will therefore be able to use the library too. The selection of books includes literature for students and aspiring public servants. Giving women access to these books increases the likelihood of equality in job prospects.

The decision for the construction of the new library was taken by the District Development Committee (DDC) in Khanabad. Technical and financial assistance for planning and managing the construction and equipping the building came from Germany’s Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its regional capacity (RCD) programme.


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