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Access to quality and inclusive education for conflict affected children in Afghanistan (Central, Eastern and Northern regions)

Introduction

OCHA in its December 2016 report has estimated that between January to December 2016 more than 614,225 refugees have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan (out of which 244,125 undocumented and 370,102 registered). Of these, 93% have returned since July 2016.[1]  Since 1 January 2017, the total number of undocumented returnees arriving from Pakistan has risen to 33,026, a 50% increase from the numbers in the same period in 2016.[2] An estimated 600,000 returnees and IDP children (60%) are in need of education in emergencies in 2017 in Afghanistan.[3]

The present project is designed to provide access to “education in emergencies” to children in 5 provinces of Kabul, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Kunduz and  is hence fully in line with the EiE WG response plan as well as UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children (CCCs).

Activities
EPD in Laghman and Kunduz with financial support of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) will work to reach out to 3000 girls and boys affected by conflict in Afghanistan to access quality inclusive education in a safe and protective environment. During the project’s life, Temporary learning Spaces (TLs), Community-Based School classes (CBSs) and Accelerating Learning centers (ALC) will be provided and teachers will be recruited  to foster returnee students in different age groups with observing higher percentage of girls. The recruited teachers and Department of Education personnel will be trained respectively on EiE and EiE management.

The children will be encouraged and supported to get enrollment in the public schools and continue formal education. EPD will distribute top up kits, school bags and recreational kits and teaching materials among the beneficiaries.

Last but not least activity will be awareness raising on education and hygiene among the returnees to solve the social barriers in front of children education and promote their health and educational situation.

[1] OCHA, Afghanistan: Returnee Crisis: Situation Report No. 4: December 29, 2016.
[2] OCHA, Afghanistan: Returnee Crisis Situation Report No. 9: April 20, 2017.
[3] Ibid, @p. 7