- Support to the Education System of Afghanistan
Support to the Education System of Afghanistan
|Loan Administrator||OPEC Fund for International Development|
|OPEC Fund Contribution (US$m)||0.40|
This project was part of a 3-year program, which started in 2014 and aimed at improving the quality of education (from grades 1 to 12) and learning environment in Afghanistan. The project directly benefited over 600 teachers and 65,000 students enrolled in 32 schools. The project was completed and the overall assessment of its implementation was highly satisfactory. General objective of the project was improving quality of education in 4 provinces of Afghanistan, through pedagogical activities, equipment and constructions It supported active pedagogy in Afghan schools. In order to enhance the academic and pedagogical level of teachers in our 4 target areas (Kabul, Charikar, Djalalabad and Waras district), AFRANE organizes long training on Mathematics, Dari and Pashto for new teachers and refreshing or thematic sessions for teachers already trained. These sessions are meant to encourage pedagogical activities that include the children in the learning process: 1) 19 long training sessions and 41 short modules delivered to 1205 teachers. 2) 50% of teachers (604) observed in classes. Average mark upgrading from 27/100 to 68/100. 3) 391 pedagogical kits distributed for mathematics, Dari and Pashto 4) Two 2-months training organized for teachers from rural areas (97 teachers joining each training) It reinforced practical learning of sciences through experiment. Practical learning of sciences is part of the official curriculum, but most schools are deprived of laboratory and teachers lack of knowledge on this matter. During the past two years, AFRANE has enhanced experimentation in 21 schools from 4 provinces. This included: 1) Construction and equipment of one pedagogical building, including a laboratory and a library in Charikar, benefitting to 844 students. 2) 26 training sessions on teaching sciences for 630 teachers. 3) 2 meetings gathering 32 laboratory technicians. 4) Provision of 2304 chemistry, physics and biology items for laboratories. It improved afghan children learning environment. Very basic needs are not satisfied in most Afghan schools. Many pupils study outside or lack of desks and sit directly on the floor, while young children don’t have access to books adapted to their level, in order to learn reading. This included: 1) Construction of two buildings in Waras district, including 6 classrooms each. 2) 1755 student desks delivered in for 16 schools. 3) 4987 books distributed in school libraries in 30 schools, mostly for young children. It promoted higher education and developing vocational training. Only 2.7 % of girls have access to tertiary education in Afghanistan, while students from rural areas don’t have appropriate learning opportunities after high school. This included: 1) 462 girls and 350 students from rural areas had access to extra classes to prepare university exam. 81% of the female students and 80% of the students from rural areas passed the exam. 2) Construction of a dormitory in Djalalabad for girls studying at university, able to host 96 students 3) Construction and Equipment of an Agricultural high school in Waras district, developing relevant vocational training opportunities for local students.