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EU allocates funds to boost education for 200,000 primary school children in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
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Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

On Wednesday, the European Union (EU) said in a newsletter that it had pledged EUR 25 million to support the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in enhancing the learning conditions for 200,000 boys and girls attending primary public schools in Afghanistan.

These schools face significant challenges, including a shortage of qualified teachers, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, limited teaching and learning resources, and a lack of proper boundary walls.

The statement also said, “The EU’s contribution will enable UNICEF to improve the quality of existing school infrastructure in up to 385 primary public schools by, for example, restoring classrooms and providing gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and boundary walls.”

Additionally, the project will allocate resources to provide in-service training for teachers, specifically focusing on enhancing the quality of teaching, especially in the early grades of primary education. This initiative aims to equip educators with the necessary skills and tools to deliver effective instruction, thereby contributing to an overall improvement in the educational experience for young learners in Afghanistan.

“The classroom should feel like a second home for children. When classrooms are child-friendly and safe, children are motivated to learn, and their attendance, performance and completion rates go up,” said Raffaella Iodice, the EU Chargée d’Affaires a.i. to Afghanistan.

This two-year project will expand upon UNICEF’s existing support for education in Afghan public schools and community-based education centres.

“We are proud to partner with the EU to keep thousands of children in school. Continued investment in the public school system is critical to support girls and boys who can still attend school. Education remains a beacon of hope for a better future for girls and boys in Afghanistan,” said Fran Equiza, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the EU strongly backs UNICEF’s efforts in Afghanistan for children’s well-being in education, health, nutrition, and child protection.

According to the reports, Afghanistan faces significant education challenges, with approximately 50% of children not attending school. Even for those in school, the quality of education is alarmingly low. A 2022 survey revealed that only 13.6% of Grades 2 and 3 children have basic reading skills, and 18% possess basic numeracy skills.

Ongoing investments in Afghanistan’s education system are essential to address this educational crisis. This includes restoring classrooms and creating safe learning environments. These efforts are crucial to providing quality education and improving the prospects of the country’s young generation.

The European Union’s commitment to allocate EUR 25 million to UNICEF for Afghan education underscores the urgency of this situation and the global community’s dedication to improving the educational landscape in Afghanistan, where access to quality education is a critical need.

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