In this blog lets understand the Afghanistan’s COVID19 education response. It has been speculated that the developing countries of Asia have faced the highest impact of the COVID-19 global health crisis. This is mostly because many of these developing countries have an inferior level of health and safety infrastructure as compared to their western counterparts coupled with the added burden of a larger population density. Therefore, the nationwide lock-down imposed by the governments of developing economies has affected trade, commerce, and general livelihood much more adversely than it has in western countries. This has led to the reduction of state funds for sectors like education.
Notably, Afghanistan has made significant progress in the field education since the beginning of the 21st century. And, this progress, although hindered by the pandemic, has not been completely defeated.
Key challenges faced by Afghanistan
Though Afghanistan has made significant progress in terms of enrollment to schools and colleges, with the numbers increasing from 1 million to almost 10 million in 2019, the pandemic has caused several issues due to which this number has been steadily declining since mid-2020. The shortfall of quality teachers at several of the educational institutions of Afghanistan has further deepened the educational crisis during the pandemic. Moreover, technological backwardness has erected tall barriers to the facilitation of the pandemic model of education.
Due to this, a large number of girls has been forced to drop out of educational institutions and engage themselves in household activities. From the UNICEF records, it can be noted that almost 3.5 million Afghani children still have no access to education and the pandemic has further increased that number.
Afghanistan’s response to these challenges
Following the rapid deterioration of the education system of Afghanistan as a result of the pandemic, the President of Afghanistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Education developed certain mitigate measures to combat this decline. The use of existing resource capabilities including the human resources and infrastructure was sanctioned to be the necessary tool required to get the education system back on track and prevent millions of students from dropping out of schools and universities of Afghanistan. The two-phased action plan developed by Afghanistan comprises an immediate phase which deals with the emergency measures needed and the second recovery phase that enables all participants to align their combined efforts to work towards the assurance of continuity in primary, secondary, higher, and Islamic education in Afghanistan.
Providing an opportunity to Afghani students post-pandemic
Despite the robust measures undertaken by the Government of Afghanistan, the existing socio-political conflicts have nevertheless forced several meritorious Afghani students to migrate to foreign countries to pursue an affordable and quality education. Sharda University in India provides such a lucrative opportunity to aspiring Afghani professionals and students to pursue their dreams in various fields of science, commerce, and humanities. The premier educational atmosphere at Sharda University enables Afghani students to continue their higher studies post-pandemic and develop their professional competencies the way they never could back at home.
Hope our audience understand about Afghanistan’s COVID19 Education Response.