Screening of the ELA Field Staff for Transition
On 22 November 2011 UNESCO and the Ministry of Education held a screening session in Kabul for the Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) programme’s field staff from 18 provinces. The main objective of the screening session was to determine the level of capacity of ELA field staff who are under the Ministry’s contract, and to select the most qualified ones for implementation of the next cycle of the programme.
The screening will select 117 staff from the current 242. The downsizing of ELA field staff is to shift resources to build the capacity of the Literacy Department in the field.
Hedayatullah, a participant from Wardak province was happy about the transparency of the screening. “We all had been given a code and each paper will be evaluated by that code, this ensures that all candidates will be treated equally and anonymously,” he said.
The ELA programme which is funded by the government of Japan started in 2008 and will continue through 2013. The programme aims to provide quality literacy education to 600,000 youth and adults, 60% of them women, in 18 provinces. Approximately 180,000 people have participated in the 9-month literacy class so far. Around 200,000 new literacy learners will be included in the next cycle.
Under the overall framework of transition in Afghanistan, the Literacy Department of the Ministry of Education has assumed main responsibility for the implementation of ELA literacy classes. The transition of ELA programme to the Ministry of Education is in line with building the capacities of formal institutions in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Education has significantly improved since 2001 both in terms of administration capacity and access to the remote areas.