Ministry Celebrates Official Opening of High School for 6,000 Afghan Girls

(From the Left) Director of Kabul Education Department Mohammad Mansoor, Minister of Education Dr. Farooq Wardak, USAID Assistan
(From the Left) Director of Kabul Education Department Mohammad Mansoor, Minister of Education Dr. Farooq Wardak, USAID Assistant Administrator Kathleen Campbell and USAID Mission Director William Hammink cut the ribbon

For Immediate Release

Sunday, September 15, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Sardar-e-Kabuli Girls High School was officially handed over to the Ministry of Education today, providing 6,000 girls with a bright, clean, and safe learning environment. The opening ceremony, attended by the Minister of Education and USAID officials, celebrated the completion of the USAID-supported project.
The new multi-story building includes 53 classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices and a library. Other improvements brought power, water and sanitation to the school. Construction began in 2009, with the first students reporting for classes in August 2012 upon completion of the main school building.
“The Unites States, through USAID, has provided financial support to the Ministry of Education in the construction and rehabilitation of school-buildings, capacity building, printing textbooks and teacher trainings in the past years,” said Minister of Education, Dr. Farooq Wardak.
Sardar-e-Kabuli High School was constructed under USAID’s Kabul Schools Program (2009-2013), which improves schools in Kabul and helps meet the educational needs of 12,000 boys and girls annually. Through the program, USAID has rehabilitated school facilities, and constructed two new secondary school facilities: the Sardar-e-Kabuli High School and the Ghazi High School for boys. 
“Today’s turnover of Sardar-e-Kabuli Girls’ High School to the Ministry is a physical representation of USAID’s commitment to improving access to high-quality education for all Afghan boys and girls,” USAID Assistant Administrator Kathleen Campbell said.
Over the past decade, USAID has supported the Government of Afghanistan’s efforts to improve access to, and quality of, basic and higher education. USAID has provided more than 148 million textbooks to students nationwide and has helped train nearly 100,000 teachers throughout the country. Such efforts have helped the Ministry raise enrollment from fewer than 1,000,000 children in 2002, to 9,000,000 children today, with girls representing nearly 40% of that total.

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