Longerenong College welcomes Afghanistan government officials

CROSS CULTURES: Longerenong College student Dustin Cross, Afghanistan Government Ministry of Labour program co-ordinator Mujaddidi Waseeullah, Ministry of Labor program executive director Enayatullah Mayel, Ministry of Education project manager Wahidullah Madani and Longerenong College student Jamii Coutts. Picture: MELINDA SCHMIDT

CROSS CULTURES: Longerenong College student Dustin Cross, Afghanistan Government Ministry of Labour program co-ordinator Mujaddidi Waseeullah, Ministry of Labor program executive director Enayatullah Mayel, Ministry of Education project manager Wahidullah Madani and Longerenong College student Jamii Coutts. Picture: MELINDA SCHMIDT

AFGHANISTAN government officials have visited Longerenong College to learn more about rural education.

Delegation co-ordinator Marika Vicziany said the group was from Kabul and would be in Australia for a week.

She said it was interested to learn about the college and its relationships with Workco and Horsham Primary School.

"This college is unique," she said.

"The Afghanistan Government wants to look at international models for ways to keep young people in rural areas.

"We will have briefings about creating jobs and linking employers to employees, with a focus on rural areas."

Dr Vicziany said with troops now withdrawing from Afghanistan, economic development was absolutely critical.

"The country has been through a long period of war, and now employers need to be encouraged to have apprentices," she said.

Dr Vicziany said the apprenticeship program in Afghanistan was old-fashioned.

"We are slowly moving into farm apprenticeships but more needs to be done," she said.

While in Horsham, the delegation also visited Horsham Primary School.

"Keeping children in schools is just as important in Afghanistan as it is here," Dr Vicziany said.

At the college, the delegation met with farm apprentices.

"We worked with them to identify a range of plants, such as wheat and canola," Dr Vicziany said.

"We were getting a feel for the starting point of the training program.

"There are good practices in place at Longerenong College and those

practices are transferable to Afghanistan."

Longerenong College general manager John Goldsmith said it was fantastic the college was recognised internationally.

"We ultimately want to explore what international opportunities are out there and this was another way to do that," he said.

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