Literacy stakeholder’s workshop on strengthening coordination and final review of National Literacy Strategy which was on Wednesday 14th August, 2013 at Park Star hotel in Kabul city, Afghanistan. The workshop was chaired by Literacy Deputy Minister, Humayoon Rasa.
In this workshop the Deputy Minister presented the brief information about national literacy strategy and said: “The National Literacy Strategy provides a road map on how to reach the Government of Afghanistan’s overall vision and objectives for education sector and human capital development related to the creation of a literate society.”
He added “It is envisaged to provide the government, donors and other stakeholders with a common vision, guiding principles, general strategy and detailed plans describing the necessary steps that should be taken in implementing literacy actions. The chapter begins with an overview of the policy basis for the National Literacy Strategy, including mission statement, and national education goals, followed by a situational analysis of the national context and the current state of literacy and challenges and lessons learned from ongoing efforts in literacy programming.
Then the National Program Advisor at NLD, Enayatullah Safi, presented his presentation to the participants about National Literacy Strategy. The presentation contained the full introduction to the strategy, clarification of goals and objectives, strategic expectations, focal areas, strategy sources and roles of stakeholders.
He said “The National Literacy Strategy takes into consideration the literacy goals set by NESP, Education for All (EFA) goals to contribute to an increase in literacy rates across all groups of men and women aged 15 and above, enabling them to attain further education or to pursue technical and vocational skills, in order to contribute to their communities, society, and the economy”.
Objectives of the strategy are as following:
- Increase national literacy rates from 34% (18% female, 48% male) in 1390/2011 to 55% (42% female and 67% male) by 1399/2020
- Enable more adults (15 and above) to gain access to continuing education and lifelong learning after completing literacy programs
- Increase the number of adults (15 and above) with skills for rural development and better livelihoods acquired through attainment of embedded literacy.
He added that the literacy Strategic expectation is to reduce the number of illiteracy 55% by 2020, including Kuchis (gypsies), isolated communities, language minority groups and people with disabilities, to enable more adults (15 and above) to gain access for continuing lifelong educations, after completing literacy program. Meanwhile to increase number of literates (15 and above) with vocational training.
The Program Director of NLD, Allah Baaz Jam, introduced the coordination guidelines and process to the participants, saying that the coordination is the most important process for accomplishment of activities.
Guidelines for the strategy contains six sections and twenty one articles approved by Ministry of Education, which contains general, guidelines, conditions of agreement, and obligations of active organizations, Monitoring and terms to handle complaints and final provisions.
In strategic guidelines participants issued some questions which was answered by H.E Deputy Minister, and also he said that the guideline will be translated to English and will be shared with all the stakeholders and participants.
- Strong support for literacy department in dissemination and introduction literacy strategy in Afghanistan to partners.
- Facilitation and organization of literacy providers to discuss on literacy strategy and coordination guideline.
- Pathway the literacy platform for future .
- Clarification of the literacy objectives until 2020.
- Coordination and cooperation for a strong team to discuss on literacy strategy in Afghanistan.
- Bring the opportunity to all stakeholders to contribute their views and comments on the subject of literacy strategy & coordination guideline.\
H.E Humayoon Rasaw Deputy Minister of Education for Literacy, NLD Programmes Directorate, NLD Teacher Training Directorate, NLD Curriculum Directorate, NLD Secretariat, UNESCO, UNICEF, ANAFAE, JICA, GIZ, Save the Children, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Education, Halvetas, CTI, SAB, WFP, NFUAJ.
The workshop came to conclusion with serving lunch at 1:30 PM.