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Afghanistan Quality Learning (AQL)


Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : Afghanistan Quality Learning (AQL)

Pays/Région : Afghanistan

Durée : 01.03.2019 - 31.03.2023

Though it remains low, access to education in Afghanistan has improved significantly over the past decade. The low standard of education however is a serious problem and impedes the development of the country. Working through the competent directorates of the Ministry of Education, the project therefore aims at improving the quality of education. This, by strengthening methodology and subject specific knowledge and promoting community involvement for school improvements.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : Education is a powerful means to tackle poverty and inequality. It develops people’s abilities to lead meaningful and productive lives, to pursue sustainable development, and to enhance social cohesion and resilience. In Afghanistan, where almost 50% of the population are younger than 15 years, education constitutes a key investment in the future of the country and must be a fundamental element of a development policy. Since 2002, the number of children in schools has increased almost nine fold, reaching 9.2 million, of which 39% were girls. Nevertheless, enrolment and attendance rates remain low : Only 42% of school-aged children (aged 5-14) are enrolled in schools and an estimated 3.7 million children remain out of school, of which 2.2 million are girls. The reasons for non-attendance in education are a multi-facetted issue, related both to questions of access and quality of education, but also to wider socioeconomic factors. On the supply side, lack of infrastructure (buildings, water and sanitation, boundary walls), equipment (textbooks, furniture, etc.) and of qualified teachers, especially female, negatively affect education. In the past, efforts of the government and donors were overwhelmingly directed at improving access, but the low quality of education is increasingly recognized as a problem. Of particular concern is the disparity in quality between rural and urban areas.
* Objectifs  : Girls and boys benefit from quality learning in a conducive environment.
* Groupes cibles  : The project will support the General Directorate for Academic Supervision and the Directorate for Social Mobilisation within the Ministry of Education. It will work closely with the Policy and Planning Department. The project will directly target 45 Kabul-based staffs of the General Directorate for Academic Supervision and the Directorate for Social Mobilisation, who will be capacitated to work with a further 485 direct staff beneficiaries at the province and district level. Academic supervisors and social mobilizers will be facilitated to work with a targeted 1’100 schools and school shuras, assess the performance of 2’200 school administrators and 20’700 teachers and work with them for better service delivery ; and to assess learning outcomes of approx. 843’875 students.

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 9’850’000

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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