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Nangarhar students receiving computer training free of cost

Nangarhar students receiving computer training free of cost

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Apr 20, 2017 - 20:41

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Local educationinfo-icon officials say thousands of students have been receiving computer training at 30 schools in eastern Nangarhar province, thanks to some donor organizations.

Besides in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital, computer rooms have been set up in schools in Sara Rod, Behsud, Achin, Nazian and Ghanikhel districts and power to run the labs has been provided by solar energy, officials say.

Students at these schools said they could not use the computers in the past due to absence of electricity but the solar energy system helped resume their training.

Nazo Ana Girls High School in Jalalabad city has two computer labs with one provided by USAIDinfo-icon. Around 70 girls are learning different computer skills in the labs.

Mariam, a student of the school, told Pajhwok Afghan News the labs were very useful for girl students.

“My father did not allow me to learn computer where boys exist, so this center is very helpful for us now,” she said.

A schoolteacher, Kainat, said she had been teaching computer programs for the past three years and she had helped 100 girls graduate. She said 70 other girls were currently attending the training.

“This center is very useful because it is free, some students cannot afford course fees,” she said.

Anita Naseri, deputy principle of the school, said most of the times in the past the lab door had been shut due to absence of electricity, a problem she said had been resolved now.

The computer labs are not limited to girls schools only, boys schools are also provided with the same facility.

In the vicinity of Nazo Ana Girls’ High School, a boys’ school named Estiqlal exists where a cost-free centre for computer studies has been established with support from the USAID.

A student of the centre, Farhad, said he was learning computer at the training centre during free time which he previously wasted. “When I came to this educational centre, I had no idea how to switch on/off a computer. But now I have a lot of knowledge about computer programs e.g. Word, Excel, Photoshop and others.”

Computer lab teacher at Estiqlal School Mohammad Samim Omaid said the solar power system had resolved many problems students faced earlier.

A USAID affiliated organization activated the solar power system and also provided laptop computers to the centre, he added.

Nangarhar Education Department spokesman, Mohammad Asif Shinwari, told Pajhwok Afghan News such training centres were set up in 30 high schools in Behsud, Surkhrod, Nazyan, Achin and Ghanikhel districts besides Jalalabad city.

He said students of 10th, 11th and 12th grade studied computer in specific period. Earlier there was no practical computer training in any school.

Currently, in many schools computer facilities have been made available with support from the USAID and other organizations.

Shinwari called upon donors to help them establish computer labs in all schools in Nangarhar.

USAID and some other organizations besides facilitating computer training have also provided internet facility to the centres.

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