Computers delivered to Afghan Primary Students
A US charity organization and a private telecom operator in Afghanistan will provide 6000 computers for primary school students in Kabul. The computers will be delivered through to the Education Ministry.
A contract to this effect was inked among Education and Telecommunication Ministries, the American charity One Computer Per Child and the Roshan Mobile Company here on Saturday.
Education Minister Muhammad Hanif Atmar told a news conference after the contract-signing ceremony the total cost of computers worked out at $1.5 million. The computers, manufactured by a US firm, could be recharged with solar energy.
He said 5000 of the computers were granted by US company were the part of 10000 computers pledged by the company to Afghanistan.
While hailing support from the NGOs, the minister added the computers would be distributed to children at 500 schools in Kabul over a period of three months. Up to 100 Kabul-base schoolteachers will be imparted essential computer training so as to prepare them for instructing students.
The Roshan mobile company has pledged to provide free Internet service to all schools across the country, according to Atmar, who said the USAID would install and maintain the computers.