AT News Report-KABUL: The Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah and the U.S. Embassy Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Tuesday launched the Second Textbook Printing and Distribution Project. The project is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program for the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE). USAID will provide $75 million to the MoE to print and distribute 135 million approved textbooks and teacher’s guides for grades 1-12 to all public schools in Afghanistan, the US embassy said in a media statement.
This new effort is a follow-on to the Textbook I Printing and Distribution Project from 2011-2016, when USAID partnered with the Afghan government and other donors to procure and distribute appropriate MoE-approved textbooks in Pashto, Dari, and English for the primary and lower secondary levels.
“This is indeed an extremely important partnership between the United States and the Government of Afghanistan,” said Ambassador Llorens. “Our teams will be working hand-in-hand to ensure that this ambitious effort will be a success for the benefit of all Afghan children,” he added.
USAID’s Textbook Printing and Distribution Projects support the MoE in expanding access to and improving the quality of basic education for Afghanistan’s school-aged children.
“Any contribution at any time is a big contribution for human dignity and human prosperity. The printing and distribution of the textbooks is a major contribution and support for Afghanistan,” said Chief Executive, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah.
Since 2002, USAID has supported the Afghan government in delivering quality education throughout Afghanistan by training teachers, producing and distributing millions of textbooks, helping Afghan girls attend community-based education classes, and expanding higher education opportunities.