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Personal Reflections of Suhila: “Why I Want to be a Project Manager”

August 25th, 2008 1 comment

Suhila is one of the students at the Afghan-Canadian Community Center who studies Business Management online with the Southern Alberta Institution of Technology (SAIT). She has performed very well on her courses, and has demonstrated a great deal of skill and determination. In this essay, she describes why she wants to be a project manager in Afghanistan.

My country had been in war for the past 37 years so it obvious how it has become mismanaged from the top to bottom. Each department has an absolute-empowered leader who runs projects by forcing and threatening the employees; no team work, no co-operation, no meetings, no internal or external supervision in order to get their employees ideas, suggestion and make them more independent, creative, and responsible for the enhancement of their Department.

In each department the super-empowered civilians work for their own good, hiring their own relatives. They don’t work for the communities. For example; countries try to convince the Afghan students in school by giving them packages of oil monthly, biscuits daily, school uniform once a year, tooth brush and tooth paste in order to improve their health and help their economic situation. Once the supplies are in the school, students get the package of oil for the first month and the rest of the packages are gone. No one knows where, when and who got the rest of the donations, but when you go out in the market, you will see the oil, the biscuits, the tooth brush, tooth pastes as well as the dates that they have been sold in the markets and the money in the pockets of ?????. Furthermore, there is no one to supervise what is going on in the schools or any other departments.

As I mentioned mismanagement and corruption is ongoing in each department of Afghanistan. All human rights is being corrupted everywhere because of the lack of well-skilled managers to manage the atrocious circumstances and to ask responsible persons what they have done so far with the projects that had been given to leaders who don’t care about the quality of their performances.

As there is a lack of qualified project managers all over Afghanistan, therefore one of my personal milestones, after I studied hard, is to be a qualified project manager. In this way, I can effectively manage the entire situation and bring projects to completion while keeping a tight restriction on budgets (costs), schedules (time), and, quality. I can be a quick decision maker for the purpose of having a well-prosperous Afghanistan that needs to acquire a person with theses set of skills to manage projects and solve variety of problems during the execution of a project.

My ambitions to be a project manager is to manage my future, my family, my society, my country and the world by:

– building community energy and capability for local and sustainable elucidations
sustaining community success continuously

– encouraging and enabling partnership between communities, government and foreigners
taking local success to local and national scale.

– train community leaders and literacy teachers through training programs

– train government ministries in the process of mobilizing and community participation.

In order to support the recovery process in which the entire country is now engaged, the future generations of Afghanistan have the responsibility to build the capacity of communities, predominantly women, to develop locally sustainable development programs in literacy, health and other needed sectors. It’s not necessary that a project manager should always carry long term projects such as; managing Organizations, NGOs, companies, etc. A project manager can also be, for example, a housewife, a teacher, a cook or a tailor. What matters is how you manage yourself, your work, your performance, your organization, your society and your country.

– Suhila

Afghan-Canadian Community Center Moves to Larger Facility

July 2nd, 2008 No comments

In late June 2008, the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC) moved to a larger facility better able to handle the school’s growing student population. The new facility has a total of 15 rooms, including classrooms, offices, a media room, and a library with over 600 books. The ACCC currently operates more than 50 computers, almost half of which are Internet-enabled, as well as two large generators that ensure a continuous supply of electricity.

The new facilities can host upwards of 300 students at any given time. By operating five classes per day, the ACCC can provide education to approximately 1,500 students over the course of a single day. The facilities further provide students with access to kitchen facilities, a canteen, parking and a large yard, where students play sports such as badminton and tennis. The new facilities are in a more secure area, more conveniently located to a large number of international organizations, many of whom employ ACCC students and graduates.

The ACCC currently provides courses in business management, Information Technology and English to approximately 700 students, and has enabled more than 100 students and graduates to earn high-paying employment and promotions with international development organizations and local businesses. The cost of the new facility is funded through a capacity-building grant provided by the Government of Canada and administered by the Canadian International Development Agency, and by private donations made through the Afghan School Project.