UNESCO and the government of Afghanistan launch nationwide literacy projectParis – UNESCO and the Government of Afghanistan today launched a major project to boost literacy throughout Afghanistan, which suffers one of the world’s lowest literacy rates. UNESCO estimates that only 51.9 percent of Afghan men over the age of 15 and a mere 21.9 percent of women in the same age group can read and write.
A vast effort is underway to rebuild the country’s education system and to get all Afghan children back to school. However, the adult population, which is responsible for the immediate reconstruction of Afghanistan and the revival of its economy, also needs to upgrade skills and knowledge. More than two decades of war have left Afghanistan with few qualified workers and professionals: most either fled the country or were killed during the conflict. Under the rule of the Taliban, women were not allowed to work and girls were forbidden from attending school.
|Source||Press Release N° 2003-06|
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|Publication Date||28 Jan 2003|