The Government of Japan pledges funding for the provision of non-formal education to youth and adults in earthquake affected areas in Paktika and Khost, Afghanistan


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12 December 2022

The Government of Japan announced its new assistance package for Afghanistan, which includes support for a project to provide non-formal education to youth and adults for community rebuilding and resilience in earthquake affected areas in Paktika and Khost provinces in Afghanistan. The project is implemented by the UNESCO Kabul Office, together with UNESCO Headquarters and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. With the additional assistance for Afghanistan, the Government of Japan aims to enable the implementation of humanitarian and basic human needs assistance projects through UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs.

To mitigate the negative effects of the earthquake which took place in Khost and Paktika provinces in June 2022, UNESCO’s project will ensure the continuation of educational services to youth and adult learners (especially women and adolescent girls) in earthquake affected areas to access and acquire Basic General Literacy and life skills, through community based, gender sensitive and non-formal learning modalities.

The project will directly benefit a total of 4,000 youth and adults (aged 15 and above, 50% female) in both provinces. To this end, 267 literacy facilitators and 25 community mobilizers will be recruited to ensure community-based approach throughout the project.

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning will provide its wide-ranging expertise for the implementation of the project and specifically take responsibility for adapting the existing adult and non-formal literacy education programmme to alternative learning modalities and the needs of the earthquake affected communities in Paktika and Khost.

UNESCO, has been implementing youth and adult literacy programmes in Afghanistan since 2008, providing support to at least one million learners through the provision of Basic General Literacy and skills-based literacy courses.

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