29.04.2018 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

Bamiyan Cultural Centre Trains Afghan Female Engineers

Bamiyan Cultural Centre Spring Female Engineering Internship Program ©UNESCO

UNESCO Kabul, 26 April 2018—As part of the activities of its thematic area two, “Better Higher Education for Culture and Creative Industries” under the National Program for Culture and Creative Economy (NPCE), and the second phase of the Bamiyan Cultural Centre project, UNESCO opened spring and autumn internship courses for female engineering students to benefit from an on-site experience in a large and significant construction project in Afghanistan.

The training will provide the interns with a general overview of construction issues and  practical experience of construction practices. To this end, the internship combines classroom training with specific assigned roles on the work site that will require the interns to spend a large part of their work day involved in activities directly related to the construction project. The primary goal of the courses is to help students develop a comprehensive, real-world perspective of construction operations and construction management. Students who successfully complete the course requirements will be able to apply the skills and techniques learned to actual operational situations.

The internship is organized by UNESCO, takes place under the responsibility of the contractor of the Bamiyan Cultural Centre, Khaliq Kabir Construction Company, and is funded by the Government of Korea. The spring training period started on the 8th of April 2018, and will end on the 8th of July. The autumn course will take place between September to November 2018.

With the financial supports of the Governments of Korea and Afghanistan, the Bamiyan Cultural Centre project endeavors to establish a model for creative hubs and community involvement in the Afghan context. 

The result of an international design competition, the design, “Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence,” was selected and is now being built on Chawni Hill. The program of the building comprises two exhibition halls, an auditorium, a tea-room, a shop open to the public, and a series of workshops and classrooms destined for community use. 

The “Better Higher Education for Culture and Creative Economy” thematic area of the NPCE aims to enhance the knowledge of Afghan university students in culture-oriented studies including architecture.

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