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3.5 million Afghan children out of school

3.5 million Afghan children out of school

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May 21, 2017 - 19:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Educationinfo-icon (MoE) on Sunday said nearly 3.5 million children have been deprived of education due to insecurity across the country.

The ministry asked the government to an education program in cooperation with international partners about enrolling children who lacked access to school.

Deputy Education Minister Mohammad Ibrahim Shinwari addressed a campaign kicked off today under the title ‘Get up for support of education and training’ organized by the Movement for Support of Quality Education in Afghanistaninfo-icon (MSQEA).

In his address, Shinwari said quality education and training services for all people was top priority of his ministry.

He said these services were not delivered justly last year due to problems in planning of the ministry, but the problem would be resolved this year.

He said areas under education service would be evaluated for quality and areas which were deprived of education would be facilitated with the service this year. Currently 50,000 of 200,000 school teachers are nonprofessional, he added.

Shinwari confirmed low quality of education did not respond to the market demand in Afghanistan, saying lack of professional female teachers was another factor of poor education quality.

He said some 3.5 million children, including 2.5 million of them girls, were deprived of education due to insecurity in the country.

Shinwari suggested the government should launch effective programs in cooperation with international organizations for enrolling thee deprived children to schools.

Mohammad Rahim Jami, a founder of MSQEA, said the aim of the organization was to pave the ground for quality, fair, safe, free and permanent education to Afghan children until 2030.

He said the education sector had not been on the government’s priorities list in past years, keeping the sector away in short supply of from resources and financial and technical support.

Jami asked militant groups and Afghan and foreign forces not to use educational centers as military bases against each other.

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