UNICEF receives award for work in Afghanistan
JALALABAD/AFGHANISTAN, 25 March 2007 - UNICEF was chosen as the top United Nations agency for its work in the field of education in the Eastern region of Afghanistan. UNICEF has provided assistance with school construction, teacher training, school and child protection, the provision of teaching and learning materials, and support for community-based schools in this region.
This award was presented by Timoor Shah, First Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs, in an effort to recognize the accomplishments of youth-focused individuals and organizations including the Government, national and international non-governmental organizations as well as UN Agencies in the period from 21 March 2006 to 20 March 2007.
"We are delighted to win this award,” said Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan. “Working with the Government and other partners, UNICEF will continue to reach out to every boy and girl in Afghanistan in making sure that they receive quality education."
UNICEF is providing assistance for the construction of 16 schools in Nangarhar at a cost of more than $440,000, working closely with local school management committees, the provincial education committee and the Governor’s office – thus setting standards in the construction of cost-effective schools by involving local stakeholders.
Additional UNICEF-supported initiatives for education in the region include:
• The training of 1,800 formal teachers to meet the increasing demand for teacher training in the province, the region and in community-based schools;
• Support for 476 community-based schools with particular emphasis on out-of-school children. This programme seeks to provide education opportunities to a large number of children who are not covered by formal schooling – particularly girls;
• Support for 50 female literacy classes;
• Providing supplies and stationary to 357,220 formal school students (of a total of 603,173 in the region) along with supplies for 3,997 teachers (out of 8,759 for the region). Supplies are also provided to community-based schools and women literacy students and teachers.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For further information, please contact:
Roshan Khadivi, UNICEF Afghanistan: Tel +93 790 50 7110, Mobile:+93 798 50 7110; E-mail: email@example.com,