Afghan students receive computers

The Afghan Ministry of Education has distributed 500 laptops to school students in the Nangarhar province. It is a unique effort to modernize the Afghan educational system, the Afghan news agency Quqnoos comments. Below is a translation of the article on their website.

Updated: (3.19.2009)

By www.quqnoos.com

The Afghan ministry of education has distributed 500 laptops to school students in the eastern Afghan Nangarhar province. It is a unique effort to modernize the Afghan educational system.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Mohammad Asif Nang, said the computers have been given to the students according to a plan by the U.S. government.

Head of Nangarhar's Education Department, Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, declared that the main school subjects are installed in the computers, and it has turned to a mobile electronic-book for the students. He added, the internet facility is also provided in the school.

"We have given the computers to see how this system works, and in case of effectiveness, we will expand this program and distribute more laptops to the students in Nanagarhar schools," said Mr. Azizi.

Students at Estiqlal High School who have received the computers say their educational system now is upgraded to international standards.

The laptop computers can be recharged with solar energy as shortage of electricity is a problem in the province. It has been called a new change with the beginning of the new education year.

A few years ago, most of Afghan school children were lacking the basic school books and they had to provide themselves.


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