UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

01/17/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/17/2021 09:49

Afghan master trainers ready to support Basic General Literacy classes to benefit 15,000 youth and adults

Twelve (12) million (with 7.2 million female) youth and adults (age 15+) are deemed illiterate in Afghanistan of a total population of 36 million, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in 2018. From 2008 to 2019, UNESCO improved the levels of literacy, numeracy and vocational skills for an estimated 1.2 million beneficiaries, two-thirds of whom are women.

15,000 youth and adult learners will receive basic general literacy courses in 2021-2022 under the 'Better Education System for Afghanistan's Future' (BESAF) project. The project is funded by the Government of Sweden's Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by UNESCO Kabul Office and the Ministry of Education, with a view to, among other things, increasing access and demand for adult education and literacy for marginalized and disadvantaged groups and communities in Afghanistan.

To ensure qualified competent trainers to provide basic general literacy courses, the Ministry of Education, with technical assistance of UNESCO Kabul Office, successfully organized a ten-day training of trainers (ToT) of 124 master trainers from 12 provinces during November and December 2020. The participants included programme implementation managers, monitors and district literacy managers, who were selected based on their expertise in the delivery of literacy services in the field.

Jalila, a District Literacy Manager from Herat Province in Afghanistan, stated that the training was useful as it 'offered me pragmatic tools which I will further use as a literacy manager.' She further emphasized that her 'knowledge was increased on how to guide monitors, to train facilitators to monitor the literacy classes and provide literacy classes to learners in the most effective way.'

The training was originally planned for early 2020. However, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the training had to be rescheduled for late 2020 when the situation allowed for face-to-face training.