Ground Breaking Ceremonies for Two Schools in Badakhshan
During the ceremony, Mr Ahmad Faisal Begzard, Badakhshan’s Governor underlined: “Peace and security are the basis for a good educational environment. Importantly, education is also a requirement for the peaceful development of our country. Thus, the ground breaking of this school and the construction of nine other schools are an important step for our province.”
Dr Frank Pohl, a representative from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), added: “Germany is committed to Afghanistan’s development. We are very happy that the construction and renovation of ten schools in Badakhshan are now underway as we are convinced that education is the key for a peaceful future of the country.”
The construction and renovation of the eight other schools will start in the upcoming weeks. By the beginning of next year, the works are expected to be completed. 5,600 children from Badakhshan will then be able attend school in new, renovated and fully furnished buildings.
The Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE) designed the schools in close coordination with German architects and engineers. Local materials are being used and the buildings will be earthquake resistant as well as energy efficient. The schools will also offer improved hygienic and security standards. Furthermore, all classrooms and administrative offices will be fully furnished when handed over to the MoE. The German government is funding the schools programme at a total cost of roughly AFN 200 million.
The Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) is financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via KfW. The programme is implemented by the joint venture Grontmij-GOPA-Integration. Since 2010, RIDF has been funding various infrastructure projects and related trainings in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan, and Takhar. Among other projects, RIDF has funded more than 160 km of roads and more than 48 km of irrigation canals. In addition, the fund has so far financed more than 300 specialised advanced trainings for Afghan civil servants.