The next step has been taken -
Inauguration of the Engineering College for 720 students in Balkh, Afghanistan

The development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is an essential cornerstone for the reconstruction and job creation in Afghanistan. In recent times, this sector has been significant under investment in both new knowledge and infrastructure. The Afghan labour market currently faces an acute demand for skilled and semi-skilled workers. Despite of the reopening of technical and vocational schools/institutes in the country, TVET is still facing a number of serious issues and a great lack of resources. Access to TVET is severely hampered by the lack of sufficient and properly equipped learning spaces and facilities.

The aim of the German TVET Program (funded by BMZ and implemented by KfW) is the responsive provision of technical vocational education and training (TVET) facilities for Afghanistan. It is a contribution to the implementation of the TVET Development Plan of the Ministry of Education (MoE) and complements the activities of other donors and organizations in the Afghan TVET sector.

The TVET Programme consists of the following three main components:

1. Design, construction and extension of vocational education and training institutions

2. Definition, specification and procurement of teaching and training equipment for the TVET Programme institutions.

3. Initial training and start-up support for operation and maintenance (O&M) of equipment, building and infrastructure.

The consulting services within this Programme carried out by PEM CONSULT encompassed the design, and construction of new vocational education and training institutions in Mazar-e Sharif and covered:

  • Conceptual and detailed engineering design for the construction and/or extension of vocational education and training institutions
  • Elaborating of tender documents for civil works
  • Managing the tendering, evaluation and contract award process
  • Supervising construction works and management of works contracts (the construction was completed in 11/2016)
  • Provisional and final acceptance of works
  • Specification and tendering of equipment
  • Supervision of equipment supply and installation

Having earlier completed already two facilities (for Agriculture and Teacher Training) the last institute has now been inaugurated and will form a TVET Campus in Mazar-e Sharif, which shall be extended in near future. The Engineering College can accommodate up to 720 students and comprises:

  • 24 classrooms, max. 30 students each
  • 1 classroom each for Civil Engineering, for Traffic Infrastructure, for Electrical Basic Education, for Plumbing, Water Supply Engineering, for Construction Trainings and for IT application
  • Dormitories for 96 female and 96 male students

The inauguration by the Deputy Minister TVET Rahil Formuly, Senior Representatives of the Province of Balkh as well as the BMZ Commissioner took place 4th May. The new engineering college offers its future students programmes in masonry, road construction, civil engineering, water supply engineering, and IT applications. The neighbouring Technical Teacher Training Academy (TTTA) and the Agricultural Regional Institute (AVI) are located on the same campus and were both opened in March 2016. They serve as modern and well-equipped teaching and training facilities.

All three colleges on the campus in Takhta-Pul have spacious and bright student halls including kitchens and leisure facilities. Currently, 181 students are studying technical or mechanical trades, while 775 students are enrolled in agricultural programmes. The new engineering college is not for students only. It will also be open to relevant line ministries, public energy providers and public water suppliers for off-the-job-trainings and cooperation. Modules focus on specialised construction and infrastructure professions in order to satisfy the country's needs.

We are glad to have contributed to this important step forward increasing capacities for TVET education in Afghanistan.