On May 12, 2018, the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) held an advocacy meeting with Ministry of Education in Kabul to follow up on the issues shared during the advocacy event held on February 20, 2018.
The initiative was taken by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), Secretariat of NAC-PP, and attended by the following NAC-PP members: New Message for Afghan Women organization (NMAWO), Afghan National Association for Adult Education (ANAFAE), Afghan Youth New Era Organization (AYNEO), Support for Vulnerable People Organization (SVPO), Mehr Advocacy and Human Rights Organization (MAHO), Nawed Naw Students Associations and War Child Canada.
Issues brought to the attention of the Ministry of Education are listed below. These issues had been raised on February 20, 2018 by NAC-PP and the Provincial Advocacy Committees (PACs), Provincial Councils, and Directorates of Education of Balkh, Daikundi, Herat, Nangarahar and Takhar provinces.
- Inadequate tashkeel
- Insufficient standard school buildings and inappropriate educational environment.
- Shortage and long delays in the distribution of text books.
- Difficulties in the provision high school certificate.
The Deputy Ministry of Education acknowledged the problems shared by civil society, stressing difficulties faced by the Government in the volatile Afghanistan context. He provided details on challenges and initiatives taken by the government to overcome them, and took into account additional recommendations provided by civil society representatives present at the meeting. The Deputy Minister notably confirmed the need for the incorporation of anti-corruption in the education curricula, requesting civil society assistance in this regard.
The full report of the event and its proceedings is available here.