Three Rs

Afghans Go to School

Thanks to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 6 million Afghan children, including 2 million girls, are now enrolled in school in Afghanistan—the largest number in the country’s history. UNICEF has supported the rebuilding of more than 200 local schools, as well as centers now training hundreds of thousands of female teachers.

The UN also is working to educate adults in Afghanistan, where only 52 percent of Afghan men and 22 percent of Afghan women can read and write. The Joint Partnership on Adult Functional Literacy, a collaboration between Afghan’s government and UN agencies, already has reached 160,000 adults, mostly women. Program tutors are mainly women, as well. The initiative aims to boost adult literacy levels by 50 percent in three years.


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