Over 10,000 adults get literacy training in Kandahar
Kandahar City, January 28, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): More than 10,000 adults have been imparted literacy training over the previous three years in Kandahar, officials said on Sunday.
The Afghan Primary Education Programme (APEP), the informal schooling system for those who had crossed the school age, was launched three years back in Kandahar by the Coordination Humanitarian Assistance (CHA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
Eng Hayatullah, director of CHA, addressing a gathering, announced that the programme had been completed in Arghandab and Maiwand districts and Kandahar City.
He said half of the students were female, who attended 385 classes during that period. Some 400 teachers were involved to successfully accomplish the process, he added.
Hayatullah said the aim was to educate those who had crossed the school age. They were imparted education in the shortest possible time from first to sixth grade. "Now they can start their routine studies in the next grade as regular students."
Haji Hayatullah Rafiqi, director of education department in Kandahar, appreciated the APEP project. "People are reluctant to attend schools in villages; however, the APEP informal education plan proved very successful," said Rafiqi.
Fariba, one of the APEP trainers, said the programme was very effective for girls and women who could not attend schools due to one or other reason.
Naqibullah, resident of the fifth district of Kandahar City and one of the trainees, said he had crossed the schooling age but the programme enabled him to get further education.