Govt unsuccessful in eradicating illiteracy: Abdullah
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday described insecurity and administrative corruption as main causes behind illiteracy which he acknowledged the government had been unsuccessful to overcome.
Addressing a conference marking International Literacy Day in Kabul, Abdullah said all problems in Afghanistan stemmed from illiteracy.
“Despite efforts to promote education during the past 15 years, we could not reach the target we have expected,” he said.
He added illiteracy should be nationally fought because the government alone could not address all problems.
Calling ulema’s role as crucial in reducing illiteracy, Abdullah said the Afghans in the past had a negative approach to seeking education, but today they were interested in education.
Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi said fighting illiteracy was one of his ministry’s primary goals and all efforts would be made to eradicate the menace.
He said current statistics about illiteracy in Afghanistan were of great concern for his ministry.
“Deprivation from literacy is a matter of great shame and sadness, we on the occasion of International Literacy Day show commitment to working together with the international community and UNESCO for eradication of illiteracy in Afghanistan,” he added.
According to the Ministry of Education, around 60 percent of Afghans aged above 15 years are deprived of education.
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