11.1.3 Innovations in Education: Access for Out-of-School Children in Afghanistan

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SpeakerName: Mr. Abdul Bashir Khaliqi, Managing Director, Afghan Association for Adult Education (ANAFAE), Afghanistan

Description: According to the UN data used in the latest Education Sector Analysis (January 2016), Afghanistan’s population is the second youngest in the world, with 48.4% under 15 years of age. The primary school completion rate is 31%, with the primary school completion rate for girls at 21%, which is almost twice as low as that for boys at 40%. There is also a significant difference in the primary school completion rate in rural areas (28%) compared to urban areas (42%), and between completion rates by region. The Ministry of Education estimates that there are over 3.5 million children in Afghanistan who remain out of school.