04.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

Crucial time for skills training in Afghanistan

2nd December, UNESCO Kabul welcomed representatives from the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland to gather support and ensure further funding through UNESCO’s Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) programme in Afghanistan. The UNESCO Office in Afghanistan strongly believes that there needs to be a renewed focus on developing skills for employment for youth and those who missed out on the chance to be educated formally during the years of conflict in Afghanistan.

CapEFA is a UNESCO global programme financed by pooled funds from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland through a funding mechanism set up in 2003 to help countries most at risk of not meeting the global Education for All (EFA) goals. The programme was first introduced to Afghanistan in 2010 to develop government capacity for policy, planning, coordination and monitoring and evaluation.

As Afghanistan approaches a period of transition now is the time to commit further funding to ensure that the government, through respective ministries, has the know-how and operational capacity to implement TVET programmes.  Mr. Paolo Fontani, Director and Representative, UNESCO Office in Afghanistan, urged the stakeholders to continue support for technical and vocational training as part of the wider goals for Education for All (EFA). H.E. Mr. Asif Nang, Deputy Minister of TVET from the Ministry of Education and Mr. Sayed Hameed Sadaat, Director of Policy and Planning from the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled reported on the progress made and future needs of the TVET sector.

The government also took the opportunity to highlight UNESCO's valuable coordination role in the TVET sector as well as key technical input and extended their appreciation to the donors for the ongoing support to TVET in Afghanistan through the CapEFA programme.

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