Complex for agriculture, engineering faculties inaugurated
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A modern complex -- housing agriculture, engineering and vocational training institutes-- was inaugurated in northern Balkh provinceon Tuesday, officials said.
Representative of education and economy ministries participated in the opening ceremony for the Germany-funded complex in the Takhta Pul area of Nahr-i-Shahi district.
On the sidelines of the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Education Raheel Ahmad Formali told Pajhwok Afghan News the building could accommodate 2,160 students.
Equipped with latest teaching facilities for engineering, agriculture, technical and vocational institute students, the complex accounted for nearly 13 million euros, he added.
Education MinisterAsadullah Hanif Balkhi told reporters there were 290 technical and vocational centres around the country.Some of them lacked the required facilities.
Representative of the German Federal Ministry of Economic, Stefan Oswald, said Afghanistan should pay attention to promoting technical and vocational education.
Germany had improved its economy with that type of education,which could serve as a good template for Afghanistan’s development, he added.
They had been supporting Afghanistan and would not leave it alone, he said, adding Germany had been trying to help prevent Afghan youths from migrating to other countries, he said.
With the vocational training, a professional workforce would be produced in Afghanistan within a year and the issue of joblessness would be resolved to some extent, he hoped.
Up to 30 technical institutes’ teachers would be sent to foreign countries for master’sdegrees and 600 students would for graduation, Balkhi concluded.
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