UNESCO Kabul and H.E. Farooq Wardak, Minister of Education, Celebrate International Literacy Day with Literacy Leaders From Across the Region

To celebrate International Literacy Day, UNESCO Kabul facilitated the participation of H.E. Farooq Wardak, the Minister of Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in the “International Conference on Alliance for Literacy, Peace and Development in South Asia” in New Delhi India from 7-8 September 2013. The two day event featured the President of India as the Chief Guest, and served to further strengthen and broaden bilateral and multilateral partnerships to promote, support and accelerate the literacy movement in the region. H.E. Minister Wardak took the opportunity to reaffirm Afghanistan’s commitment to literacy programming stating, “Literacy is a prerequisite for a dignified and peaceful way of living.” H.E. Wardak further characterized literacy education, and education in general, as a long term and strategic foundation for a peaceful and prospering Afghanistan.

Through fostering participation in initiatives like the International Literacy Day Celebration in New Delhi, UNESCO Kabul strives to bring regional educational leaders together in the hopes of promoting shared discourse, regional cooperation and the exchange of best practices especially related to literacy. With International Literacy Day as a beacon of motivation, UNESCO Kabul looks forward to another year of fruitful cooperation with the Ministry of Education that increases access to literacy services throughout the country.

Just two weeks left before the closing date of the call for candidatures for the Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities! Deadline for applications: 13 September 2013.

The prize is awarded every two years and it recognizes the work of individuals, organizations, groups and centres, with an impact on promoting equal education opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.

To submit a nomination please follow instructions in the guide for applications and download the submission form.

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The UNESCO Education Program in Afghanistan provides technical support to the two ‎main ministries, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education and works in ‎cooperation and coordination with other development partners.‎

UNESCO Education’s main strategic objectives are: ‎

  • Promoting education as a fundamental right in accordance with the Universal ‎Declaration of Human Rights;‎
  • Improving the quality of education through the diversification of contents and ‎methods and the promotion of universally shared values; and ‎
  • Promoting experimentation, innovation and the diffusion and sharing of ‎information and best practices as well as policy dialogue in education.‎



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