Development cooperation ,14.12.2015

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 20 %, while male literacy rate average is closer 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 12 000 adults in four provinces: Farah, Logar, Panjsher and Parwan for 24 months in 2016-18. The total estimated cost for ELA programme is USD 37 million. Other ELA donors are Sweden and Japan.

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Funding decision  14.12.2015

2 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Basic life skills for youth and adults 100%

Special target group

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

Funding channel

  • YK kasvatus-, tiede- ja kulttuurijärjestö
  • Kehitysmaan julkinen sektori



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