120 Civil Servants Complete Two-Day Workshop on Building Maintenance

Today, 120 civil servants completed a two-day workshop on the operation and maintenance of public buildings
The group consisted of 20 engineers and 100 public school management members. The training aimed to enhance the participants’ awareness and capacities regarding public buildings’ maintenance. The Department of Education (DoEd) organised the training with support from the Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme to support local governance (RCD).

At the certificate award ceremony, Mr Sayed Qaseem, a civil servant from Balkh district commented: “Before this workshop I did not know that building maintenance was a serious issue. Now I realised that proper maintenance is important to ensure that state buildings can be used for a long time.”

During the training, the participants learned how to use specific tools to help them with maintenance works. Maintenance checklists, for example, now make it easier to detect building deficiencies in a timely manner. The civil servants also learned how to use maintenance manuals for repair works and how to prepare maintenance budget plans. These skills will allow them to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

In addition to completion certificates, the participants received operation and maintenance manuals and checklist templates for their work.

As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the Regional Capacity Development (RCD) programme is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In six provinces in northern Afghanistan, RCD supports its partners’ development priorities in the provinces and districts, while at the same time providing training and coaching programmes for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, RCD aims at increasing Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthening state institutions and promoting transparency and inclusiveness.

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