26 Dec. 2008
PR# 2008-739

School of Excellence opens in Farah

KABUL, Afghanistan - Farah Province took a giant step towards academic excellence with the opening of a $1.2 million dollar School of Excellence in Nan Gab village.

The new School of Excellence will provide a two-year multi-disciplinary program that includes secular vocational training alongside traditional religious training. It will not only encourage intellectual development that will remain in Farah Province, but will stimulate the economy through tuition requirements. Farah Province will become a training centre of gravity that draws students to it from surrounding provinces.

The school complex will include several buildings, dormitories, a dining room, classrooms and a vocational building with a sewing area, a carpentry area and a metal work area. There will also be a communications/library room, a laboratory, a parking area and a security wall. The dormitories will house 200 students on site.

The contract includes not only the school buildings, but all furnishings. So each dorm room will be outfitted with beds, and the classrooms will have desks, chairs and blackboards. There will be books and computers, sewing machines, carpentry tools, electricity and running water.

Until now, Farah Province has had no institutions of higher learning. Many youths are forced to seek an education in Pakistan. Students often fail to return to Afghanistan after graduation and the curriculum taught in Pakistan is not always supportive of Afghan Development.

Nawi Arghawan Construction Company was the contractor for the project, which employed approximately 50 people during the 15 month construction period.

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