06 June 2008

PR# 2008-233

Planting seeds of learning in Farah City

Farah’s new Governor, Rohul Amin, planted the seeds of learning June 4, as he laid the ground stone for a new library in Farah City.

KABUL, Afghanistan – Farah’s new Governor, Rohul Amin, planted the seeds of learning as he laid the ground stone for a new library in Farah City, June 4. 

The ground floor of the two-storey building will house a conference room, in addition to offices for Sistan Newspaper, Farah magazine, the Youth Empowerment Program, the Information, Culture and Youth Director, and a secretary. The second floor will have male and female reading rooms, a reference room, a staff room, a foyer, a librarian’s office, and 20 to 25 book stacks.

“Education and learning are for the young generation what water and oxygen are for plants in terms of nurturing and growth,” says Farah’s Director of Information, Culture and Youth, Farid Ayoubi Ahmad.

The infrastructure and furnishings for the library will be funded by Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah, through the Commander’s Emergency Response Program. Additional funding will be sought through Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other interested parties to provide books and computers. There are currently 3000 books being stored in Herat, waiting for space to become available in Farah City.

The library will be managed by a librarian, under the direction of the Director of Education and the Director of Information, Culture and Youth. The project is expected to be self-sustaining based on income generated from pre-existing adjoining shop rental income, as well as fees paid for specialty book rentals.

The year-long construction project will employ 30 men.

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