Development cooperation , 10.06.2014

UNESCO Enhancing Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA Phase III)


UNESCO Programme for Enhancing of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) is a national programme that aims to improve the level of literacy, numeracy and vocational skills of the adult population in all 34 provinces, covering 750 000 learners. Afghanistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, currently estimated at over 30% of the adult population (over 15 years of age). Female literacy levels are on average 15 to 20 %, while male literacy rate average is closer to 40 to 50 %, both with high geographical variation. ELA will give priority to women, aiming for at least 2/3 of total learners. Other priorities include rural areas, Internally Displaced Persons, Kuchi and other nomadic population and linguistic minorities. Finland's contribution of 2 million Euros will cover literacy training of 50 000 adults in three provinces: Kabul, Sar-e-Pol ja Takhar for 24 months in 2014-16. The total estimated cost for ELA programme is USD 39,8 million. Other ELA donors are Sweden and Japan.

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Funding decision  10.06.2014

2 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Basic life skills for youth and adults 100%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • people with disability
  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities



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