Japan grants US$13 million for Enhancing Literacy in Afghanistan

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Japan's aid package will be delivered through UNESCO for enhancing literacy within the framework of the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) which was launched by the Director-General of UNESCO in 2005 as a global framework to support the developing countries to promote literacy towards the realization of Education for All (EFA). < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

LIFE is officially adopted in Afghanistan as a national literacy framework which offers a platform for all the literacy players to plan and implement their respective activities in a harmonized manner to collectively achieve the National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) literacy goals.  So called 'LIFE programme' funded by the Japanese Government will provide actual literacy learning to the 600,000 illiterate youth and adults especially women in selected 18 provinces in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan is one of these countries that face virtually the most serious and difficult illiteracy problems.  In order to tackle the enormous literacy challenges, to date LIFE has already put in place in the county by organizing the LIFE coordination working group with the initiative of Literacy Department of the Ministry of Education and UNESCO.

Japan has been a long-standing supporter of UNESCO's work with the Government of Afghanistan, notably in the areas of education and culture. Since 2001, Japan has contributed a total of US$ 3.2 million for Safeguarding Bamiyan Cultural Heritage Site and a total of US$ 500 thousand for 'LAND Afghan literacy project' to UNESCO in Afghanistan, in support to these activities.

For further information contact:
Jawid Ahmad “Musawer”
UNESCO, Kabul, Public Information Officer
Cell: +93 799 340 831

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