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Education sector NGOs present 2-year activity report

Education sector NGOs present 2-year activity report

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Oct 12, 2017 - 17:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR) on Thursday said non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were playing an “effective” role in offering quality educationinfo-icon to children in far-flung areas of the country

The independent Afghan body presented a two-year performance report of the activities of NGOs working in the education sector at a press conference here.

The NGOs also included the Swedish Committee for Afghanistaninfo-icon (SCA), the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), Tashabos Educational Organization, and Nai Qala Association.

Fiona Gall, ACBAR director, told the conference that 45 NGOs were operational in the education sector of Afghanistan and they ran various educational programs and initiatives in far away and deprived areas of the country.

Khali Fahim, SCA representative, said though the provision of education was government’s responsibility; yet NGOs supplemented execution of educational programs on local level.

According to him, the mentioned NGOs have been facilitating disabled children, street children, girls, IDPs and repatriates’ in finding access to education as a priority.

He said the NGO community currently supported 400,000 children (60% of them girls) under community-based schools in remote areas besides mainstreaming children with disabilities in the educational system and providing preparatory education to 4,650 children of returnees.

Fahim said over the past two years, the SCA built and reconstructed about 800 schools in various parts of the country and supported 2,500 teachers and 70,000 children in 13 provinces, including flexible education opportunities for about 5,500 nomadic children.

Parween Azimi, the NAC representative, on the occasion said they trained more than 7,000 people since 2016 in topics such as administration, teacher’s training, Early Childhood Development, Disaster Risk Reduction and more.

She said one of the NAC projects was establishing 24 kindergartens for children aged from four to six years old in remote areas.

The NAC continued to invest in diploma-upgrading for teachers in cooperation with teacher’s training colleges under the MoE.

She cited the establishment of a master’s degree program “Inclusion and Diversity in Education” at the Shaheed Prof. Rabbani Education University as another example.

Fazal Rabbi Haqbin, Tashabos Educational Organization representative, said 34,000 high schools students (girls 52% and boys 48%) were covered by the organization’s program “building self-reliance and empowering youth” through socio-economic education.

Tayibba Rahim, Nai Qala Association head, for her part said her association was able to play a vital role in facilitating children’s access to education, especially in remote areas.

For example, the association funded construction of eight school buildings, surrounding walls, water wells, resource centers and additional classrooms in Ghazni and Bamyan provinces, she explained, adding the institutes imparted education to over 6,000 boys and girls.

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