Afghan National Association with the support of dvv-international and DEUTSCHE ZUSAMMENARBEIT held a Review conference on media role in promotion of literacy in Afghanistan on 18th August 2013 in Intercontinental hotel in Kabul city, Afghanistan. This conference was aimed to review the role of media in literacy promotion.
The chief of the Education Minister’s office, Mohammad Shafiq Samim, reading the message of the Education Minister, Farooq Wardak said” fight against the illiteracy is the common duty of every citizen of this contry. All ministries, TV, Radio and printed media should have an active role in this regard. Media should broadcast the literacy promotion spots and programs in hours that all people could be able to see them”. He also invited media and all other partner organizations to support literacy and have active role in cooperation with literacy department.
The Advisor of Minister of Information & Culture, Jalal Norani , on behalf of the H.E Minister of Information & Culture, stated the message of the minister saying “Enemies of Afghanistan struggle against literacy and are aware that improvement in literacy in Afghanistan is not in their favor”.
From Afghanistan’s National Assembly, Najia Baba Karkhel, Representative of people in Parliament, in this conference said that promoting literacy could be a great achievement for media and they should set up literacy promotion programs in their strategy.
She invited all media specially National Radio Television of Afghanistan to count illiteracy as an important issue of the country and increase their support and cooperation in the field with literacy Department to fight illiteracy. She added: “its responsibility of each individual to struggle and fight against illiteracy and help even if one person to get literate.”
From German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Deputy Head of Mission of German Embassy, Mr. Owcza, in his speech in this conference said “Literacy is vital phenomena in a society, without which there are no Doctors, Engineers, Economist and etc, to develop the society and the country. Germany, which is famous for having greatest poets and philosophers, naturally country with such attribute own big sources and needs engineers, economists, trainers and etc. without literacy Germany could not reach to this level”. He thanked dvv-international and ANAFAE for their continuous supports and efforts in the field of literacy improvement.
The Afghan National Association for Adult Education , ANAFAE, Director
started appreciated the participation of all the Government bodies, Organizations and the representative of German embassy the review conference on media role in literacy promotion. Mr. Khaliqy said “Media conference that was held last year, unfortunately didn’t have significant achievement as media role didn’t increase in the promotion of literacy. I hope we achieve media support through this conference”. He appreciated the continuous support and cooperation of Literacy Department, and said that media support should continue in future.
In this conference the H.E Humayoon Rasaw Deputy Minister of Education for Literacy, NLD Programmes Directorate, NLD Trainings Directorate, NLD Curriculum Directorate, NLD Secretariat, Video Media, Audio Media, Printed Media 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 representatives had participated.