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Scholars urged help combat illiteracy

Scholars urged help combat illiteracy

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Oct 04, 2011 - 17:34

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Afghan officials on Tuesday urged tribal elders and religious scholars to help the government combat illiteracy in the country.

Educationinfo-icon and peace were closely linked and illiteracy was the main reason behind war, Second Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili said.

Addressing a literacy conference in Kabul, he said steps were being taken for the promotion of education. Religious scholars should also help the education ministry deal with the problem, he added.

According to the Ministry of Education, nearly 10 million of 26.5 million Afghans are deprived of education. Most of the illiterate are between ages of 15 and 45 years.

Education Minister Farooq Wardak asked people to send their children to school. Over the past decade, the ministry had arranged 26,400 literacy courses and set up 89 schools for illiterate people, he said.

Currently, 600,000 illiterate people were enrolled in the courses and schools, Wardak added. "If the ministry's programmes continue, we hope illiteracy would be eradicated from the country."

Over the last 10 years, 2.6 million illiterate people were able to receive education, he said, adding 500 schools had been closed due to insecurity in the southern region, affecting 400,000 students.

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