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Education Department

Education is one of the main working sectors of ADA. During the year 2011, the program made excellent and substantial contribution to the teacher training, literacy and community empowerment. The knowledge and skills of schools’ teachers and principals employed by the Ministry of Education (MoE) increased through creation and expansion of trainings and professional support system in DT3 Program in Education Sector. The training components have been carefully tailored to meet priority needs of school teachers and principals including basic pedagogical skills, content knowledge, general education requirements and administrative/management skills. In 2011, 19,557 Teachers (4,482 female & 15,075 male) received INSET-II training in the targeted provinces and 1,862 Principals (104 female & 1,758 male) received SMT-II training in the focal locations. Accelerated Learning opportunity had been provided to 300 over aged youths (150 female & 150 male) in the Qurghan district of Faryab province. Majority of the literacy project’s beneficiaries were those who had missed the learning opportunities due to poverty, insecurity and cultural barriers. On top of that because of the Ministry of Education (MoE) policy they were unable to get enrolled in the formal school as their ages were more than 9 years. The literacy program made these students complete 3 grades in one year and finally they become part of the formal schools by continuing their education in 4th grade. The project has greatly contributed in increasing literacy and arithmetic skills among youth in the target 6 villages of Qurghan district. Since its inception in 2007, the solar energy project in Trinkot district of Uruzgan province has significantly contributed to the social, educational and economic improvement in the area. The distribution of 600 solar panels to 600 eligible households during the year 2011 has further improved the living conditions of the target communities. In addition the LED lights have replaced the kerosene lamp which had worse effect on the eyesight, respiratory systems and caused many burn cases at family level. The solar home lightening systems provided access to media and made both adults and children to listen and see different media activities of their choices. This has provided a chance to the remote communities to get in touch with media and besides entertainment, gain social, economic, educational and political improvements.

Living conditions of the right holders have been improved by sustainable management and use of natural resources in an equitable manner through provision of 600 solar panels to 600 households in 14 remote villages of Tirinkot, for lighting purposes to decrease dependency on non-renewable energy. Women empowerment has always been an important area for ADA works. Years of conflict and war have badly affected the social, economical and political position of women in most of the communities. The microfinance scheme coupled with the functional literacy and trainings on the cross-cutting issues (women rights, gender, hygiene, harm of drugs & etc) had played an important role in economic stability in two districts of Faryab. During the year 2011, thirty seven women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) of Qaramqol and 5 women Self-Help Groups of Qurghan districts followed up and supported, 5 new women Self-Help Groups established in 5 new villages of Qurghan district. The new Self-Help Groups supported with the necessary skills, functional literacy and provision of micro credit and linked with the local market. The members of new Self-Help Groups trained on cross-cutting issues; such as, human rights, gender and management as well.