More funds, security urged to promote education
In a joint briefing paper prior to the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, the organisations highlighted progress made in the education sector and the many difficulties that constituted a threat to continued progress.
More resources must be spent on basic educationto enroll the 3.5 million children who are out of school, the NGOs stressed, calling for focus on literacy programmes. In Afghanistan, with one of the highest illiteracy rates, budget for literacy programmes decreased by 35 percent last year.
“The deteriorating security situation has severely affected the education sector. This is one of the other key areas that SCA and the 11 organisations are concerned about,” a statement from the Swedish Committee said.
According to a UNAMA report, increasing violence, threats and intimidation in 2015 and rising trend in violence has led to the closing or partial closing of more than 369 schools, affecting at least 139 000 students, including 50 000 girls.
“Thus, the security of schools must be in top priority of peace-negotiations by the government; schools and education facilities should be protected and the government of Afghanistan must commit not to use schools for military purposes.”
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