The second meeting of the Education Subcommittee of the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) was held on December 3, 2017 at APPRO’s Head Office in Kabul.
A presentation was made on the following interrelated issues:
- Key elements of the National Education Strategic Plan III
- Synthesis of inputs from the last meeting of the Education Subcommittee
- Developing a strategy for the Education Subcommittee
Seven civil society organizations attended this roundtable discussion: Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation (AABRAR) Afghan Youth New Era Organization (AYNEO), The Afghan National Association for Adult Education (ANAFAE) Organization for Harm Reduction in Afghanistan (OHRA), Afghan Women’s Education Center (AWIC) Afghan Cultural Community (ACC) and Nawed Naw. The Chair and Deputy Chair of NAC-PP were also present.
The following sections provide summaries of the key points from the presentation and the follow up discussion.
The meeting started with a presentation on the objectives, key elements and priorities of the National Education Strategic Plan (NESP III). The key elements of NESP III were highlighted as:
- Quality and Relevance
- Equitable Access
- Efficient and Transparent Management
The second part of the presentation was a synthesis of the inputs from the last Education Subcommittee meeting for the development of the Subcommittee’s strategy. To start the discussion, a summary was presented of all the responses to a questionnaire sent out to the members by APPRO as the Secretariate of NAP-PP. The Education Subcommittee members agreed on the following areas for advocacy:
- Capacity building programs for teachers in provinces
- Teaching in mother tongue in Kabul schools (Especially for returnees)
- Improving quality of curriculum
- Inadequacies and imbalances in curriculum
- Delivering textbooks to schools in remote provinces on time
- Equitable access to schools throughout the country
- Including private school teachers in capacity building programs
- Not using students for political purposes such as welcoming officials
- Establishing better coordination between private schools and the Ministry of Education
The third part of presentation focused on developing a strategy for the Education Subcommittee. Attention was drawn to the importance of conducting a risk analysis, identifying advocacy priorities, SWOT analysis, and identifying actors, factors and mechanisms related to each advocacy issue.
At the end of the meeting, due to time limitation, it was collectively agreed that all participants would provide answers to the remaining questions for the development of the strategy of the Subcommittee by email and after internal consultation with their respective organizations. The deadline for the submission of responses to the Secretariat was set for Wednesday December 06, 2017. The draft of strategy will be developed by Secretariat once all responses have been received.
The full report of proceedings is available on NAC-PP’s Reports page here.