Eqra Project for Afghanistan

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

A Active

Key Information

The development objectives of the Eqra Project for Afghanistan are to increase equitable access to primary and secondary education, particularly for girls, in selected lagging provinces, and to improve learning conditions in Afghanistan. The project comprises of four components. The first component, equitable access to basic education aims to increase access to basic education, especially for girls in selected lagging provinces. It consists of following sub-components: (i) improving school infrastructure; (ii) provision of school grants to eligible schools for improved access and retention; and (iii) supporting community‐based education. The second component, improving learning conditions will focus on improving the capacity of teachers to deliver quality instructions in the classroom. It consists of following sub-components: (i) supporting subject knowledge training of teachers of selected grades and developing standardized examination for teacher training college (TTCs); (ii) supporting a pilot program including its evaluation to strengthen: (a) coaching and training of teachers; and (b) classroom observations; and (iii) supporting: (a) development of new curriculum and learning materials for schools; and (b) delivery of textbooks from provincial education directorate (PEDs) to schools. The third component, strengthening education sector planning capacity and transparency aims to strengthen planning and implementation capacity, coordination, and transparency of the Ministry of Education (MoE) at both the central and subnational levels. It consists of following sub-components: (i) improving education management information systems (EMIS); (ii) improving teacher recruitment and management; and (iii) improving budget planning and introducing results‐based reporting.

Lead Implementing Government(s)



South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2018 - 2023


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Afghanistan Ministry of Education, Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • School quality
  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • School administrators
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement


  • Increased availability of learning materials

Policy/legal environment

  • Developing/promoting new laws/policies
  • System-wide review and reform

Reducing economic barriers

  • Conditional cash transfers to schools


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being