The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Community-based education a step towards better future

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has announced that it will establish hundreds of community-based education centers for children in Afghanistan. The UN agency in a tweet on X page has said that it is establishing 950 new community-based education classes, which will provide an education for 140,000 children in the country. The program will be supported by the Republic of Korea. With the support of the Republic of Korea, UNICEF will be able to organize 950 community-based education classrooms to accommodate some 140,000 students both male and female to get an education. According to UNICEF, access to education is a right for every child and UNICEF has worked with its partners for decades to increase the number of children going to school. UNICEF has also conducted community-based education classes in most provinces of the country Last March, UNICEF conducted community-based education classes or accelerated learning centers for over 10,000 students who had been deprived of going to schools due to various reasons in Nuristan province. This number of students were provided with opportunities to complete their primary education at newly created village schools in the province. Since 2010, there has also been growth in a new model of Community Based Education (CBE) centers, primarily established by international and national NGOs, particularly UNICEF. These CBE centers are primary and lower secondary education centers established inside or close to communities, in shared spaces, and seek to reduce distance barriers facing many remote and inaccessible communities. The community-based education centers are linked to the closest formal education school so that children can be transitioned into formal education after they complete lower and higher primary education. This comes as the curriculum change process till class sixth has been completed by the country’s ministry of education. Some books whose meaning was in conflict with the Islamic traditions and Afghan culture have been removed. Currently, work on the 7th, 8th and 9th classes is underway by the ministry’s technical committees. Previously, acting Minister of Education Habibullah Agha had said that the country’s schools and universities would not be segregated from each other, adding that the distance between them would be eliminated. He had assured of preparing a curriculum which could be used both in school and seminary until grade 9, saying that he had gotten permission from the Supreme Leader to change the curriculum from 1st till grade six. Though the vast majority of students who attend school do so in public schools, there is a growing network of private schools operating at the national level, primarily focused on the larger cities or provincial capitals of the country, with the highest concentration found in Kabul. It is worth mentioning that schools in Afghanistan follow two separate academic calendars: one for “warm climate” provinces and another for “cold climate” provinces. This allows for continuity of learning based on seasons and when schools are accessible to children. Cold climate schools—including in Kabul and northern provinces—normally operate from March to December, with holidays during the coldest months of the year (January and February). Warm climate schools—including in southern provinces such as Helmand and Kandahar— normally run from September to June, with schools closed during the hottest months of the year (late June, July, and August). S. Raqib

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.