UNESCO Literacy Class ©UNESCO

Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) is one of UNESCO’s flagship programme jointly implemented with the MoE’s Deputy Ministry of Literacy Education. It aims to provide literacy training to more than 1.2 million people by the end of March 2018. During the first two phases (2008-2010 and 2011-2013) more than 600,000 adults—more than 60 per cent women—received nine months’ training in basic literacy and numeracy. More than 3,000 literacy class graduates were also given trainings on vocational skills such as poultry farming, milk processing, plumbing, jam making and radio and TV repair.

The programme is currently in its third phase (2014-2018), which aims to provide basic literacy, numeracy, and vocational skills embedded with literacy to more than 630,000 people in 30 provinces. With such reach, ELA will contribute substantially to helping the Government meet its EFA target of 60 percent (50 Female, 70 Male) adult literacy by 2020. The programme is funded by the generous support of the government of Japan, Sweden, Finland and Korea. 

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