On 17 February Denmark and the Afghan Ministry of Education celebrated 13 years of cooperation. A completion event was held at the Ministry of Education, which was attended by the Afghan Minister of Education, the Deputy Minister for Information and Communication Technology, the Danish Ambassador to Afghanistan as well as Ministry and Embassy staff.
“I am both proud and honoured to stand here today, looking back at Denmark’s 13-year long cooperation with the Afghan government on education. I believe that the children and youth of this country is its most valuable resource. Investing in the education of generations to come is the most rewarding investment any country can make. I am convinced that the girls and boys of Afghanistan, who have access to quality education, will be the strongest asset in the future development of Afghanistan’, said Ambassador Wolffhechel in his speech.
The day ended at the Presidential Palace, where President Ghani, in acknowledgement of Denmark’s support for the education sector, awarded the Danish Ambassador with a Ghazi Mir Masjedi Khan Medal – a medal awarded for high honour accomplishments in Afghanistan.
Education has been a key priority for Denmark’s engagement with Afghanistan. For over a decade, the Danish government has through DANIDA supported the education of Afghan girls and boys with over USD 150 million. Results include the printing and distribution of more than 140 million textbooks and construction and rehabilitation of over two hundred educational facilities throughout the country.
The Danish support to education in Afghanistan has been provided in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education. In addition to supporting school-construction and textbooks; Denmark has been the main supporter of capacity-building within the Ministry of Education, including in the form of development of information and communication technology.
Education will continue to be a major focus area for Danish development assistance in the years to come, along with good governance and economic growth. Denmark will thus continue its support to the education sector, but now channelled through the World Bank.