Poisoning attacks would not close schools: Wardak
TALOQAN: Three newly-constructed school buildings, benefitting thousands students, were opened in northern Kunduz and Takhar provinces.
Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak and other officials attended the inaugural ceremony for two newly-constructed buildings for Bibi Hawa and Syed Abdur Rahmani Shahid schools in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province.
Wardak said that the enemies of the country could not close schools by poisoning students; instead the attacks would strengthen the resolve of students and education supporters.
With the government trying to remain focused on promoting girls’ education, the minister said: "Over the past 45 days, despite the poisoning of 600 students in Takhar, the level of children’s interest and enthusiasm remains intact.''
Education Director Abdul Wahab Zafari told Pajhwok Afghan News: "Students across Takhar continue going to school are evincing even greater interest in their studies. The poisoning attacks have failed to weaken their passion.''
Agha Khan Foundation Director Eng. Jalaluddin Dashti, who had the construction responsibility for the Bibi Hawa School, said the two-storey building had 22 classrooms and other facilities.
He said the German-funded project cost $600,000 (30.8 million afghanis). Another building for Syed Abdur Rahman Shahid School, funded by Japan, accounted for $50,000 (2.5 million afghanis).
Meanwhile, the education minister also addressed the opening ceremony for a school in the Khanabad district of northern Kunduz province. The two-storey building has 24 classrooms, eight administrative rooms and other facilities.
Khan Zada Gul Salarzai, the education department spokesman, said the World Bank-funded project cost half a million dollars (25.7 million afghanis) and took one year to complete. It has the capacity to accommodate more than 500 students.
A student at the school, Nafisa, said: "We were previously studying under tents, staying exposed to weather vagaries. But the new building has resolved our problem.''--(PAN)
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