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Saturday, December 03, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Nine joint memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in literacy learning sector have been signed between ministry of education and all other ministries with participation of second vice president and head of national committee for literacy.
In a ceremony held on this occasion, second vice president Sarwar Danesh asserted that ministry of education and relevant organs had heavy responsibility in connection with expansion of literacy and rooting out illiteracy in the country. Danesh insisted that by only acceleration and expansion of literacy programs in the country, the government of Afghanistan could act upon its obligations in accordance to the country’s constitution and commitments pledged by Afghanistan to the international community and UN for expansion of literacy and education in the country. The second vice president further said that the UN sustainable expansion goals have obliged governments to broad and fair education with today’s standards, adding that literacy and rooting out illiteracy were the expanding goals whose execution and implementation were necessary for Afghanistan. In the ceremony, minister of education Hanif Balkhi considered implementation of national literacy programs as one of legal obligations of his ministry and relevant organs, adding that based on verdict of the country’s constitution and education law, all ministries and independent government institutions had common responsibility in expansion of literacy and rooting out illiteracy in the country.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah expressed gratitude to the government of Italy and its Kabul based embassy, for strong cooperation towards digitalization of the Education TV and called it a good achievement in improvement of activities and rising the education TV’s technical quality, said a statement from his office.
“The move would help the TV to serve the mass in any seasons of the year, with the Education TV can play effective role in this field,” said CE asking the leading body of the ministry of education and the stakeholders of the Education Ministry’s TV, could help beef up the capacity of the staffs through conducting daily programs.
 

Saturday November 26, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Norway ambassador to Afghanistan has visited with leadership board of Herat University. 
Pro. Dr. Abdullah Fayez head of Herat University in his visit with Mari Skåre Norwegian ambassador to Afghanistan and his delegation accompanying hoped that Norway embassy to cooperate in establishing of the university building and providing educational books.
Norway government is a biggest donor of UNICEF and it is supposed that to assist $90m in New Year to Afghanistan.
 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Criticizing on inattention of the government in the field of literacy in the country, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative on Afghanistan said, ‘currently, there are 11 millions of Afghans are deprived of literacy throughout the country.’
The UNESCO representative on Afghanistan, Patrisha Mac Philips, in a gathering held in Kabul told media that the literacy has not been in priorities of the Afghan government over the last fifteen years.
She said, ‘right now, about 11 millions of people aged higher than 15 are illiterate, most of whom are women and girls.’
Expressing concern on education situation in Afghanistan, she called illiteracy a great challenge, adding based on current statistics, 45 percent of men and 63 percent of women living in the villages are illiterate.
In the gathering, the minister of education said, ’60 percent of the country’s population are illiterate, most of whom are women.’
Asadullah Hanif Balkhi, the minister of education added that almost 11 millions of people aged higher than 15 are illiterate, as 500,000 of them have been enrolled in 15000 literacy centers all-over the country.
He said, ‘annually, about 300 to 350 thousands of people are succeed to complete the literacy programs and they can finally be able to write and read.’
At the same time, Sardar Mohammad Rahimi, deputy minister on literacy affairs said, ‘Afghanistan is among the three countries of the world where is seriously faced with illiteracy.’
The government has provided a proposal names ‘National Mobilization’ to fight illiteracy—an issue that has been approved by a cabinet committee chaired by Second Vice President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh and will soon come into effect after full review.
Based on this program, the literacy programs’ method will be changed and new educational books will be provided.
A number of Kabul citizens said, ‘most of the Afghans, particularly the women are deprived of literacy due to unacceptable traditions in the country.’
Shayesta, a woman said that her family didn’t let her continue her education after sixth grade.
In fact, most of the women are deprived of education in the country due to many reasons, such as, poverty, unacceptable traditions, etc. Therefore, it is hoped that by implementation of the National Mobilization program, the way is provided to people to join the literacy programs and be able to write and read.
Shukria Kohistani

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