An excerpt from University founder Dr. Sharif Fayez’s recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
In December 2001, Afghan leaders gathered in Bonn, Germany, to set the framework for establishing the post-Taliban Afghanistan. On December 5, a decade later, a second meeting was held in Bonn to ensure the gains made in the last 10 years will be maintained. While the focus was on strengthening security and governance – a daunting task at a time of great uncertainty in my country – as well as maintaining international support, I urge donor nations not to overlook an equally important element of building a stable, democratic Afghanistan: education.
The youth are eager to learn – and Afghanistan can take two steps to help them succeed. The first step is a reform in how education is administered. Education must be freed from the grip of powerful personalities whose top priority is demonstrating their loyalty to the ruling elite. The second area of focus after reform is money. With all of the attention on the military side of rebuilding Afghanistan, financial support for education has been passed over.
Last year, just $30-million was allocated for the 21 public higher education institutions in Afghanistan that are tasked with educating 100,000 students.
Click here to read the full article: http://chronicle.com/blogs/worldwise/afghanistans-future-relies-on-education-reforms/28987