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Community Based Education Enrichment Program in Afghanistan

Publication Date: 30/05/2019

The Community Based Education Enrichment Program (CBEEP) was part of a larger endeavor of the Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effect in Community Based Education (ALSE) research project. A similar parallel community-based education (CBE) program was being implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the provinces of Herat, Ghor, Daykundi and Bamyan. The project goal was to enhance increased equitable access to safe, quality basic education and learning opportunities for Afghan children, especially girls. The evaluation provides an opportunity to gain a wider understanding of the overall achievements of the project and how the key evaluation questions of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact have been answered.

Overall, the project objectives were achieved since there are substantial evidences of increased equitable access to safe, quality basic education and learning opportunities for Afghan children, especially girls. This was largely attributed to the project being implemented in coordination with the local government to support the efforts of the Afghan MoE in expanding the access to education in remote areas. The project also enhanced increased number of both male and female teachers, a challenge the Afghan government had faced in the past decades. This was the result of the provision of safe, quality learning opportunities and in addition to the increased commitment of the Shuras in supporting increased access to education by afghan children, particularly girls. Moreover, the very first initiative of mapping the planning and implementation of District Mapping exercise was carried out by all nine District Education Department (DEDs) in coordination with CARE.

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