News

Page 12

May 2, 2006

NEW STEERING COMMITTEE

KAS partner gets a new supervisory board

On May 1st, 2006 the president of Kabul University and the head of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Afghanistan met to appoint a new supervisory body for the National Center for Policy Research (NCPR). New members of the five member body are the president of the University, Dr. Nasifi, foreign minister Dr. Spanta, senior advisor Hewadmal, Siemens representative Hassanzadeh, as well as the head of the KAS, Dr. Khalatbari.

April 20, 2006

CDU QUITE ACTIVE

First Konrad-Adenauer school in Afghanistan

Arnold Vaatz and Dr. Wolf Bauer, members of German Parliament, together with governor Anwar opened the Konrad-Adenauer school in Pahlewan Piri on April 19th, 2006. 300 girls and 300 boys will be taught in this center of education. It was financed by a collection campaign of the CDU/CSU faction and then built by Rupert Neudeck's green helmets. The politicians came with some more gifts: three original Word Cup balls for sport lessons, a map for geography and a tree for the schoolyard.

April 15, 2006

PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY IN AFGHANISTAN

KAS organizes workshop for members of parliament

On April 4th, 2006 Afghan politicians met on a workshop about budget management. The KAS invited the former minister Dr. Noorebad who did a seminar about budget management in governmental budgets. Problems in the budget planning often result from discrepancies in time between expenditures and revenues. Wrong priorities are a second problem, as well as an inaccurate definition of one’s aims.

April 2, 2006

GERMANY - LOCATION OF CULTURE

Germany-day at the Kabul University

At the “Germany-day”, on April 2nd , about 1000 students and other people came together at Kabul university to get informed about the Federal Republic of Germany. The KAS also presented the function of the chancellor in the democratic system of the Federal Republic. The presentation was followed by the workshop “Kanzlerquiz”. The state television broadcasted the event.

March 19, 2006

TOOLS OF RESEARCH

Support from Germany – cooperation with the University of Bonn

On March 18th there was a workshop on empirical social-research at the NCPR. The event had its origin in an University cooperation. Dr. Conrad Schetter and Katja Mielke from the Center for Development Research gave the listening 16 students an introduction about different “Tools of Research” as they called it. More events on this topic are to come. Empirical social research is about techniques and methods for the research on human behavior and social phenomenons.

March 12, 2006

SCHOLRSHIPS 2006

Second conference for the selection of scholarship-holders in Afghanistan

For the year 2006 the KAS is going to grant three scholarships for the master course of studies “Development Management” at the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. Applications came from all 13 universities. The high number of applicants made a AC necessary. It was held on march 13th, 2006 in Kabul after a written pre-selection. You see the representatives of the universities of Nangarhar, Kabul, and Herat with Dr. Khalatbari.

February 8, 2006

KAS SUPPORTS PUPIL MAGAZINES

Youth and pupil magazines in Afghanistan

After the workshop “MEDIA OFFSPRING”, organized by the KAS with the support of the Axel-Springer publishing house and the Deutsche Welle in November 2005, now the things learned are put into action. Since 2006 a four pages supplement for the magazine “Afghanistan Today” is produced by provincial schools. The cooperation with the Mediothek and the German Development Service makes it possible to teach the participants the tools of journalism by experienced journalists sustainable and innovatively.

December 12, 2005

KAS-SCHOLARSHIPS 2005

12 trainees supported by the KAS

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung granted 12 scholarships for trainees to support the news editors of KAS partner RTA, Radio and Television Afghanistan. The training starts in December 2005 and takes seven months. The trainees in the news editorial office of the RTA will be taught by coaches of the Deutsche Welle. One of their tasks will be to report about parliamentary affairs.

November 17, 2005

MEDIA OFFSPRING 2005

KAS funds pupil magazines in Afghanistan

The KAS funded a [workshop ](12.11-16.11.2005) to set up pupil magazines in Afghanistan. Therefore, two German trainers held a seminar in cooperation with the Amani, the Durrani, the Malalai and the Esteqlal high school in Kabul. Alltogether 30 students joined the workshop which was supervised by Ms. Schuster from the Deutsche Welle and Mr. Porsch from the Axel-Springer journalist school. The project was patronized by the General director, Mr. Najib Roshan, of Radio and Television Afghanistan.

October 24, 2005

FREEDOM OF PRESS

Afghan journalist sentenced for story

The arrest of the editor of a women's magazine is causing concern and fear among journalists in Afghanistan. It was the first conviction since the fall of the Taliban's Islamic government. Ali Mohaqiq Nasab ran the respected monthly magazine called "Women's Rights" (Hoquq-e Zan). He was arrested earlier this month for publishing articles deemed blasphemous and anti-Islamic. The sentence appeared to be a compromise between conservative judges and the liberal Minister of Information and Culture.