TALOQAN (Pajhwok): A school teacher in northern Takhar province has purchased text books to 2,500 students in the Khawaja Bahauddin and Durqad districts at his personal expense.
Habiburrahman Mansour, a teacher who performed the heroic act, said his purpose was the promotion of education and encouragement of students to work hard and study.
The lack of proper school infrastructure, the lack of teachers and other essential facilities in Kokcha region districts was said to be one of the grave concern of the local residents.
Mansour in an unprecedented act purchased books, notebooks, pens and clipboards for the students of 12 schools in the Durqad and Khawaja Bahauddin districts.
He had been teaching since long and told Pajhwok Afghan News that during study time when he observe students without books or stationary he felt disappointed that why students are suffering from such issues.
He asked people who loves education that they could support this sector with their contribution.
He said according to his plan he targeted six schools in Durqand and as many schools in Khawaja Bahauddin and this process will continue.
“All these items I have purchased from my own money, in the past few days the students of two schools had been distributed with these items and the remaining 10 school students will also get these items,” he said.
He added education played key role in the development and promotion of a country but in Kokcha region the past conflict hampered education system and there was need for more support to strengthen it.
The distribution of stationary and books by a teacher warmly welcomed by the parents of students and the education department.
Deputy Education Director Mohammad Ibrahim Hanafi said of the 18 schools in Durqan eight were without building and proper facilities. The students had to set in open area and study under open sky.
He stressed that this process will continue and asked other organization to contribute to education sector in the province.
Mohammad Khan, a teacher in the Musazai school, in Durqad said he often raised voice to highlight the problems faced by the education sector and nobody paid attention after several years.
He said the lack of proper place and environment forced teacher not to attend class sometimes. He asked relevant officials to address the grave problems faced by the education sector.
“Our children continued to study in open place without the availability of proper education facilities and the distribution of study items will encourage them to come to school and develop interest.”
He said in the past 20 years no proper attention was paid to education sector in the province now he was hopeful that government and relevant authorities would pay attention to the promotion of education sector.
Education officials, however, stressed that efforts were underway to address these issues.