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Transforming Lives

Repairing Teacher Training Colleges

In a country where many rural teachers have no more than a primary school education, teacher training is critical to the nation’s education system in Afghanistan. USAID is focused on renovating the teacher training colleges in Afghanistan, while the country’s government is providing training for thousands of its teachers throughout the country to ensure Afghan children a brighter and more prosperous future.

Shopkeeper Thanks America for New Life

"Those of us who had to run are coming back, and we see this new market you have helped us start and we feel hopeful. As long as America is with us, we will start our new lives."

Bringing the Shahidan Market Back to Life

At the request of the Bamiyan Business Association, USAID provided a $36,000 grant to provide materials and labor for rebuilding the Shahidan Market which has brought new life and activity into the bazaar. The debris was cleared from the sidewalks and streets, while new blue doors mark each business stall. The president of the business association reports that fifty stalls were opened, and he believes that more merchants will return.

Girls Return to School in Mazar-e-Sharif

On November 20, 2002, five thousand girls walked in the doors of the Sultana Razia Girls' School after being banned for more than six years. Located in Mazar-e-Sharif, this school is one of the largest girls' schools in northern Afghanistan. USAID helped with the renovation which cost more than $200,000 and included the restoration of thirty-two fully functional classrooms. This project is one of many which are part of a joint initiative between the governments of Afghanistan and the United States to build or rehabilitate 1,000 schools over the next three years.

Progress for the Ministry of Finance in Afghanistan

Established in 1956, the Ministry of Finance in Afghanistan is responsible for fiscal policy, customs, national budgeting, and taxation. USAID provided approximately $15 million for the Ministry of Finance operations and committed an additional $60 million to be used over three years to support the recent currency exchange, fiscal reform, customs reform, commercial law reform, national budgeting process changes, and tax administration and policy reforms.

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Last updated: December 30, 2014

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