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PublishDate: Sunday, April 11, 202116:08

UNICEF’s Afghanistan Representative presented his credentials to MoFA

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund on Sunday announced that Hervé Ludovic De Lys newly appointed UNICEF Afghanistan Representative presented his credentials to Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_“It is an honor to present my credentials to His Excellency, Mohammad Haneef #Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs; I look forward to serving the children of Afghanistan to the best of my ability,” De Lys was quoted in the released statement.

 “I would like to express my gratitude for the strong partnership shared by the Government and #UNICEF in support of every child in Afghanistan, especially the most disadvantaged. I am excited to work with all partners to promote the rights of children, wherever they are, and make sure they have the best start in life so that they become productive citizens in the Afghanistan of tomorrow. I particularly look forward to promoting innovative programming including 21 st century skills, such as digital learning and problem solving, and environmental protection.” De Lys said.

According to the UNICEF statement, De Lys has more than 30 years of professional experience, he has worked in complex socio-political, development, and security environment.

De Lys’s experience in #humanitarian affairs and development includes humanitarian diplomacy, capacity building, community development, peace and security, strategic planning, and managing change for the benefit of children.

This comes as The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has reported the completion of 89 school constructions under the chamber of national citizen charter project in Herat province.

Thousands of children are expected to be given access to high quality education facilities, MRRD said.

The head of the development council for Ghorian district, Mohammad Nader hailed the completion of the projects and stressed that this means that children in the suburbs will not study outdoors.

117 other schools are under construction and planning stages to be built under the AQRA project in the region.

Students wherein new schools were built, studied in unfavorable and harsh conditions but with the construction of these educational facilities, their problems were “solved”, Nader told media.

Out of 206 schools, 89 have already been built, 62 are under construction and another 55 are in the planning and development stage.

It is expected than over one million students will enrol in the schools of the country this year.

The government has planned to establish 1800 new schools and appoint 1100 new teachers across the country during the year 1400.

The devastating effects of war and conflict in the country have deprived many children of gaining knowledge, especially for girls, completing their primary learnings remain a dream in the rural areas.

UNICEF indicated an estimated 3.7 million children are deprived of educational facilities in Afghanistan, and girls make 60% of them.

Lack of schools, transportation, cultural and traditional believes, and insecurity is reported to be the main reasons to prevent girls from going to schools.

Meanwhile, worsened economic conditions of Afghanistan have also caused many families not to send their children to schools for gaining knowledge.

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