Five provinces received new science class packages worth over AFN 5 million from Germany. The Afghan Ministry of Education's Provincial Education Directorates (PEDs) of Balkh, Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz, and Sar-e-Pul received the new science equipment. The equipment was funded by the German government and includes laboratory materials for math, chemistry, biology, and physics classes. GIZ BEPA was the agency responsible for the handover of the science equipment. BEPA, or Basic Education Programme for Afghanistan, is a joint program of the German Government with the Afghan Government and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammmenarbeit (GIZ). Read more in "5 provinces receive new science class packages worth over AFN 5 million from Germany", Wadsam - Afghan Business News Portal, December 27, 2014.
The NATO Secretary General issued a statement on the upcoming Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. Read more in "NATO Secretary General's statement on a new chapter in Afghanistan", NATO News, December 28, 2014.
NATO has published an online Fact Sheet (Dec 2014) on NATO's commitment to Afghanistan after 2014. You can read the backgrounder here.
A regional Taekwondo championship with the nations of Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Malaysia competing saw Afghanistan place very well. Read more in "Afghanistan wins 48 medals in International Taekwondo Championship", Khaama Press, December 24, 2014.
An IED killed a local tribal leader in Alingar district in the eastern province of Laghman on Sunday afternoon. Read more in "Tribal elder among 2 killed in Laghman explosion", Khaama Press, December 28, 2014.
Plans by the United States to transfer military equipment to the Ukraine is opposed by Afghanistan. The U.S. is in the process of moving excess MRAPs to the Ukraine and President Ghani is not happy. He intends to discuss this development with President Obama soon. Read more in this news report by Eurasia Review (Dec 27, 2014).
CIVCAS. NATO mistakenly killed three Afghan nomads in an air strike in Logar province on Friday. An additional two people were wounded. The victims were inside a house. Reuters, December 27, 2014.