In Afghanistan, AKES programmes serve nearly 25,000 students and operate 70 Early Childhood Development (ECD) along with 50 English, 18 ICT and 20 Supplementary Education centres.
These various programmes operate in 15 districts across six provinces within Afghanistan which enable students to develop English Language and Information Technology skills, thereby equipping students with the necessary foundation upon which to access higher education and further develop technical skills.
This rapid growth began eight years ago when 300 children engaged in six community-based learning Centres (CBLC), in an effort to support children’s transition to primary school.
To address these challenges effectively, AKES conducted a series of trainings and workshops with ECD teachers, parents, children, and primary school teachers. It also designed a monitoring and evaluation tool -- in collaboration with teachers and parents -- to help assess and address a child’s readiness for primary school. The programme also introduced regular visits by children and parents to the primary schools to learn more about their new environment.
This collaborative approach has helped over 3,000 children -- almost half of them girls -- successfully transition to primary schools.
In Afghanistan, AKES programmes reach close to 25,000 students. In addition to childhood development centres, AKES in Afghanistan also works in selected districts, including Kabul, to develop skills in English Language and Information Technology that is specially focused on developing employable skills for out-of-school children. It also assists school-going children with tutorial assistance programmes.