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School rehabilitated after 4 decades in Nimroz

School rehabilitated after 4 decades in Nimroz

Oct 22, 2015 - 17:32

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A primary school has been rehabilitated and reopened after remaining closed for four decades in southwestern Nimroz province, enabling more than 200 girls and boys to get education, an official said on Thursday.

Local officials say the school located in Manar village of Khashrod district was closed in 1971 after residents of the area were displaced as a result of war and insecurity.

The school having 10 classrooms was rehabilitated by local residents to help 220 students including 60 girls get education.

Khashrod district chief Mohammad Hasham Noorzai said there was no nearby school and students of the area traveled 20 kilometers to attend a school in Kutlak area for 37 years.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News the new building was given to the education department by a local social center.

He said the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) was planning to construct a new building for the school in the near future.

There were three schools operational in Khashrod, including two in the district center and the third in a rural area, he said, adding that schools in other areas were not functional due to the presence of militants and insecurity.

A local elder Noor Ali said he was happy that the school had reopened and said they were trying to build more schools in their region.

“If we could not find any place to build schools, we would open them in mosques,” he said.

Nimroz provincial council head Mohamamd Seddiq Chakhansori said 20 schools in the province were closed this year and two of them were torched by rebels.

Most of the schools were closed in Chahar Burjak, Khashrod and Delaram districts depriving around 4,000 students of education, he said.

“The closure of schools has damaged the education sector, these schools should be reopened,” Chakhansori added.

But provincial education director Abdul Wahid Hikmat said they reopened five schools this year after remaining closed for 13 years.

There are 140 open schools in Nimroz where 85,000 students including 18,000 of them girls are getting education.