UNESCO Representative in Afghanistan met with the newly appointed Minister of Education

Mr. Paolo Fontani, accompanied by Mr. Ahmad Zia Ahmadi, National Education Officer, briefed the Minister on UNESCO’s on-going and planned activities in the education sector in Afghanistan, including the on-going project on Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) targeting 30 provinces, and the continued technical support to Deputy Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DMTVET) and General Directorate of Policy and Planning. Mr. Fontani mentioned that since Afghanistan became a member state to UNESCO in 1948, UNESCO and the Afghan Government have worked closely together to improve access to and quality of the education system in Afghanistan. In fact, the first UNESCO mission came to Afghanistan in 1949. In the 1960s and 1970s the Organization, together with other multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies, assisted in the development of several major projects related to educational planning, teacher training, primary education and adult education. He added that...

Mr. Paolo Fontani, accompanied by Mr. Ahmad Zia Ahmadi, National Education Officer, briefed the Minister on UNESCO’s on-going and planned activities in the education sector in Afghanistan, including the on-going project on Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) targeting 30 provinces, and the continued technical support to Deputy Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DMTVET) and General Directorate of Policy and Planning.

Mr. Fontani mentioned that since Afghanistan became a member state to UNESCO in 1948, UNESCO and the Afghan Government have worked closely together to improve access to and quality of the education system in Afghanistan.  In fact, the first UNESCO mission came to Afghanistan in 1949. In the 1960s and 1970s the Organization, together with other multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies, assisted in the development of several major projects related to educational planning, teacher training, primary education and adult education. He added that UNESCO-MoE cooperation and collaboration have been even stronger in the past 13 years.

By the end of 2016 a total number of 1.2 million adult learners aging 15 and above will have benefited from the ELA programme. Further, the first ever National Training Institute was officially opened in April 2015 through UNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP).

H.E. Minister acknowledged the great support of UNESCO to the Afghan education system and requested continuation of its support in the future. Furthermore, his Excellency highlighted especial attention to TVET both through formal and non-formal systems considering the high unemployment rate in the country and immediate need of many Afghans lacking skills to be able to get employment and improve their livelihood. 

Concluding the meeting, H.E. Minister thanked UNESCO for its support to Afghanistan’s education sector and for strengthening their long and productive history of cooperation.