Photo: Andrej Bán

During 2010 almost 120,000 children (52 % girls) attended SCA’s schools. Out of them, 1,430 (47 % girls) were nomads, for whom community based education was organized. In many cases, it was the first time ever nomad children got access to schooling. Almost 3,500 teachers had, under the same year, SCA as their employer. SCA’s work within the education sector continues to pursuit three strategic objectives:

– increased access to quality education
quality improvement and quality assurance of efforts
capacitated national education system, as outlined in the SCA Strategic Plan 2010-2013

According to accessible figures around 7 million students are currently attending Afghan schools. 2001 this same figure was less than 1 million students. This is a proof for development, regardless of a difficult security situation in the country.

SCA is supporting three types of schools:

– Model Schools. Equipped with computers, laboratories for experiments within chemistry and physics and library. Also functioning as resources for other, adjacent schools. Almost 65,000 students attended one of SCA’s 49 Model Schools 2010. Several of the Model Schools also have Twins in Sweden.

– Community Based Schools. A cost-effective form of schooling to the youngest children in remote areas. In many cases these schools do not have a building; the education is conducted outdoors or in someone’s home. In many cases, though, CBS’s have later been provided with school-buildings. Over 40,000 children attended SCA’s Community Based Education 2010.

Girls’ Annexes. Are established in areas, where the distance to a girls’ school is long and where mixed classes are not accepted by the local community. They are recognised by the local authorities and registered with nearby schools. Almost 15,000 girls attended SCA’s Girls’ Annexes in 2010. Almost one third of the teachers were female.

SCA is also conducting Teacher’s Education. In 2010 over 2,000 persons attended this SCA programme.

The second of the nine Millenium Goals for Afghanistan deals with education. Here it is stated that all girls and boys should finish universal primary education 2020.