The Curse of Illiteracy Affects 10 Million Afghans Countrywide

Acting Education Minister said that around 10 million illiterate people exist around Afghanistan. In order to eradicate this problem, along with efforts of the ministry, there is a need for public mobilization in collaboration with civil society, volunteers, partner institutions and organizations.

Addressing a ceremony hosted by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan held on the occasion of Literacy Day, Mirwais Balkhi said, “One of the programs of the ministry in the ‘Decade of Education’ has been to eliminate the paths that lead to illiteracy”.

He added that the Ministry of Education is working to eradicate illiteracy not only in terms of reading and writing but also in promoting positive changeability.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hameda Huma Nooristani, Director of the Literacy Department of the ministry said that currently 7000 literacy classes are active for 190000 students and there are 69 literacy schools in the country.

Speaking at the ceremony Latifa Majidi country director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), highlighted the programs of the organization and said that the launch of knowledge tree (Darakht-e-Danish) the creation of 41 literacy centers for 1400 students in Kabul, Takhar, Badakhshan, distribution of books and laboratory packages are the main activities of the organization for eradication of illiteracy in the country.

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