Activity Name: Afghanistan Education Program (AEP)
OFRD has extensive experience in education for the last 9 years. OFRD is actively involved in the educational discourses at the Ministry of Education (MoE), by having memberships of the several working groups, like Education in Emergency Working Group, Community Based Education Working Group and Teachers Trainings Working Groups. The OFRD had implemented several education projects with the AAE, Farkhonda Trust, and MEDA by providing learning classes and support to the high marginalized girls and women in Kabul, Nangarhar, and Kandahar provinces. Recently, the OFRD is partnering with UNICEF to ensure continuous education to the students in Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, and Nimroz provinces.
OFRD has and outstanding expertise in educational content development, establishing learning classes, psychosocial support, and community mobilization for the promotion of education. OFRD has worked with AAE in Kandahar, Nangarhar, and Kabul provinces during the years of 2013, 2014, and 2015 to provide community-based education for children both girls and boys for grades 7 – 12. The main focus was on out of school children (OOSC) and tuition classes for poor family’s girls and boys. The impact group (mainly families and parents) is currently cooperating with their girl students to get formal and informal education. A vital change can be seen in 2020 where an increased level of girls is getting education through the formal and formal education system.
As per the Afghan Constitution law, every child has the right to a safe, formal, quality education and access to lifelong learning. However, due to a combination of factors, many girls are forced to leave school while others never have the opportunity to go in the first place. Afghanistan is still one of the most difficult places in the world to be a woman. For many of the country’s children, completing primary school remains a distant dream – especially in rural areas and for girls – despite recent progress in raising enrolment. As per UNICEF report, an estimated 3.7 million children are out-of-school in Afghanistan – 60% of them are girls. Since 2001, the number of children enrolled in General Education (grades 1-12) has risen by almost nine times, from 0.9 million (almost none of them girls) to 9.2 million with 39% girls.
OFRD is working in education programs such as (Education in Emergency (EIE), Education Cannot Wait (ECW), Community Based Education (CBE) and girl’s education since 2014 in close collaboration of MoE, DeD, CSs, CDCs, donors and other stake holders. OFRD has the technical capacity to implement education project in 34 provinces of Afghanistan.