China pledges $58m in aid for Afghan education sector
KABUL (Pajhwok): China would provide $34.6 million in aid for the construction of a building for the National Vocational Institute of Afghanistan and another $23.4 million for other activities in the education sector, officials said on Monday.
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday between Education Minister Asadullah Balkhi and Economic Attaché at the Chinese Embassy in Kabul, Shen Lei, the Ministry of Education said.
According to the ministry, the building for the institute would have 65 classrooms, 25 administrative rooms, a conference hall, three computer labs, a hostel for 105 students, a library, a mosque on 15,000 square metres of land in Karta-i-Char locality of Kabul.
The Education Ministry’s publication department head, Mohammad Kabir Haqmal, said more than $34 million would be spent on the construction of the building and $23.4 million would be spent on the spent on the construction of buildings for other schools and institutes.
Education Minister Balkhi said Afghanistan was currently passing through its rebuilding process and Chinese assistance, experts and professionals were needed in this regard.
Shen Lei said his country was ready to help train Afghan personnel and assist the Afghan education sector, saying teachers of the vocational institute would also be trained in China.
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