UNICEF to increase local education classes to 21,000


KABUL (SW) – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that it is trying to increase the number of local education classes to 21,000 in Afghanistan by the end of this year.

UNICEF has said on its Twitter page that this program is implemented in Afghanistan, especially in areas where public schools are far away and boys and girls are deprived of education. It said the program is funded by the Asian Bank, the World Bank for South Asia and the European Union’s humanitarian aid program. According to this institution, 466 local classrooms have been established in Bamyan, where 9,400 boys and girls are engaged in education.

Tayyaba Tayyeb, a teacher who teaches at a UNICEF local classroom training center in one of the central provinces, told Salam Watandar that since she started teaching in local classrooms, she has found that the learning rate of children is very good. She said: “Most of the subjects we teach are Dari, English and mathematics. Our activity is based on being able to work more with children’s psyche. As far as we have taught as much, it is very effective; they learn, they advance.”

Hekmatullah, another teacher in one of the local educational centers, considered the holding of such classes to be very effective for raising the level of literacy in the society and emphasized on its continuation. “These classes are taught for nine months. We want these classes to increase and the level of illiteracy to decrease, and this is very beneficial to the society.”

Mohammad Hassan Mujahid, an expert in educational affairs, said that due to UNICEF’s close monitoring of local educational institutions, the effectiveness of teaching and learning of children in these institutions is very high. “Generally, in Afghanistan, children were left out of school for various reasons. It has its own effect because their supervision is stronger than the supervision of education department.”

More than four decades of civil war in Afghanistan and the government’s disregard for the importance of education have caused many schools in the provinces to be closed or destroyed and many children to be deprived of education.