Thursday, December 4, 2014
The women in the eastern province of Nangarhar are demanding more access to education and have brought their complaints to the local government officials. Nangarhar has almost 900,000 boys and girls enrolled in nearly 900 schools - which demonstrates a significant growth in the Afghan education system. However, the women of the province want to see girls education expanded as well as opportunities for women adult education. Read more in "Women in Eastern Afghanistan Demand Education", Institute for War & Peace Reporting, December 1, 2014.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
ISAF has provided us with another update on the Afghan National Security Forces literacy program. This news release is about the Darulaman Literacy Centre at the Regional Military Training Centre in Kabul. Read more in "NTM-A Literacy Program - building Afghanistan", DVIDS, February 8, 2014. It will make your heart pump fast and bring a glow to your cheeks. To rid yourself of the increased heart rate and the flushed appearance read a recent report by the Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on the failures of the ANSF literacy program here.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The International Security Assistance Force announced it has implemented new literacy and language training contracts for the Afghan National Security Forces to improve delivery and oversight of the services purchases. The new contracts were awarded as ISAF has identified shortfalls in the terms and conditions of the initial service contract. Under the new contracts, metrics for service delivery and performance are more stringent. The scope and duration of the contracts are narrower which will lead to efficiencies in delivery and performance.Read more in "Coalition improves oversight of literacy contracts and training programs", DVIDS, January 27, 2014.
Read one bloggers comments about the failed Afghan literacy program and how it is reflective of the many other programs where money has gone down the drain. See "Shock & Awe: Afghan literacy program fails" by Afghan Good Enough.
According to a recent news article the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are 'hobbled' by illiteracy. More than half the numbers of the Afghan military and police don't know how to read or write and those that do are at the 3rd grade level. Despite millions of dollars provided by the United States to improve literacy (currently there is a $200 million contract to three different firms to implement the program) the ANSF still has a low literacy rate. This partly stemming from the huge churn of personnel. The many recruits that do join the ANSF don't stay very long; so they arrive illiterate and some receive training - and promptly depart for better jobs in the civilian sector. Read more in "Afghan Forces Hobbled by illiteracy, U.S. Inspector Says", Bloomberg News, January 28, 2014.