As part of its stabilization program for northern Afghanistan, the Afghan-German Cooperation handed over six newly constructed buildings to local government in several districts of Kunduz province on Sunday.
Four schools opened in Kunduz city and in the districts of Aliabad and Chardara. A new teacher training center was officially inaugurated in Qalai Zal district as well as a new drug addiction treatment hospital building in Kunduz city.
Funded by Germany, the facilities were established at a cost of 133.5mn AFN.
“Germany is keeping its promise to work in close partnership with Afghanistan – by providing the much-needed infrastructure for education and healthcare to provinces in the north, like here in Kunduz. As a friend and partner of the Afghan people we want to help improve living conditions for Afghans through projects like these that we are proud to handing over today,” said Cornelius Zimmermann, Germany’s Consul General to Afghanistan.
Germany’s stabilization program for northern Afghanistan helps districts strengthen their social infrastructure. Together with the Aga Khan Development Network as strategic partner and ACTED and Mercy Corps as implementing partner, the German Government works closely with various ministries, local government entities and departments to improve access for citizens to education and healthcare.
Since 2010, when the program was first launched, more than 60 schools and education facilities as well as three healthcare centers have been built in Kunduz province alone. In total, the program will have invested almost AFN 6.3 billion or €87 million between 2010 and 2017 in the northern provinces Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan. The Stabilization Program for Northern Afghanistan (SPNA) is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, financed by KfW Development Bank and implemented by the Aga Khan Development Network, in partnership with ACTED and Mercy Corps.
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