Youth should positively use technology: Habibi
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The governor of southeastern Khost province on Sunday urged the youth to use technology in a positive and productive way and avoid its negative utilisation.
Hukam Khan Habibi was addressing a graduation ceremony for hundreds of students who graduated from computer science and English language courses at Lincoln Social and Training Centre in Khost City, the provincial capital.
Habibi said the Afghan youth should have enough information about the modern technology in order they could compete with other nations.
"But my request to the youth is that they should positively use technology not negatively so that our country achieves real and solid development.”
The governor, who lamented insecurity has a negative impact on education, promised to pave the ground for access to modern technology for the youth in remote parts of the province.
He urged families to assist their children in pursuing higher studies and modern sciences.
The newly-graduated students were also distributed certificates. Nasir Ahmad Rokhan, the training centre director, told Pajhwok Afghan News 350 students were awarded certificates at todays ceremony and that it was the 16th batch graduating from the centre.
They included 265 students who graduated from a six-month computer course and the remaining 105 from an English language course including 15 females, he said.
"All the students are imparted education at the centre free of cost. Our aim is that no one should be deprived of modern education in order they become constructive citizens.”
One of the graduates, Mohammad Rashid, told Pajhwok Afghan News he learned fundamental and important computer programmes during the six month course. "Now we can perform office work with confidence.”
A resident, Nawroz Khan, said the Lincoln and other institutes should continuously arrange such free of cost training programmes for the youth.
Civil society activist Mohammad Zaman Nazari called well-equipped training centres as crucial for self-development of the Afghan society, particularly the jobless youth. He urged students who could not afford fees to take advantage of what he called a golden chance.
The Lincoln Learning Center Khost was established six years ago by the US Embassy in Kabul. Besides training programmes, the centre arranges social activities. The centre’s official say so far computer and English language courses have not been officially launched, but they have started the programme as honorary in order to do service to the people.
So far more than 7000 students have graduated from the internet, 2,700 from computer and hundreds more from English language courses at the centre.
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