Foundational literacy and numeracy in rural Afghanistan: findings from a baseline learning assessment of accelerated learning centres

Author(s): Kan, Sophia; Fahez, Mirwais; Valenza, Marco

Organisation(s): UNICEF

Publisher(s): UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

Date: 2022

Pages: 62 p.

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In Afghanistan, 93% of children cannot read a simple text by the age of 10. Education is not available to everyone, especially for girls and children in remote areas. A form of community-based education, called Accelerated Learning Centers (ALCs), can help close the distance barrier and meet the needs of out-of-school children and girls. In May 2021, an assessment of foundational literacy and numeracy skills of ALC students and nearby government school students was conducted. Results show that children at ALCs are learning at similar levels or better compared with children who attend government schools. This report provides insight into practices to improve education in rural areas in Afghanistan.

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