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Finland pledges $3m for literacy training programs

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Finland on Sunday pledged to provide $3 million assistance for the literacy sector to help educate 50,000 individuals.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the assistance was signed by the acting minister of education, Mohammad Shafiq Samim and ambassador of Finland, Ari Maki.

According to the officials, 50,000 people would be covered by literacy training programs in two years through the assistance.

The ambassador of Finland said that his country would continue assisting Afghanistan in education and other sectors of the economy.

According to the Education Ministry data, around 5 million citizens have been educated since 2002 including 60 percent females, seven million citizens are still illiterate and 78 ‘adult literacy schools’ are functional across country. The Ministry of Education says it has annually covered an average of 500,000 people with literacy programs. Currently around 796,000 people, aged over 15, are attending around 31,840 courses.

The reasons are poverty, insecurity, social taboos, unawareness of families about importance of literacy for women, early marriages, and in general our society is not mentally prepared to accept this reality to send their daughters to schools and this practice is affecting girl education in the country, particular in rural areas.

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