Community-based education centers

  • P Project/Program

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Key Information

For each of the past five years, Afghanistan has been identified by the United Nations as the world’s deadliest country for children and, despite progress made in peace talks between the government and the Taliban, child and youth casualties from the ongoing conflict continue to mount in 2020. Against this backdrop, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – the global fund launched at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit to deliver quality education for vulnerable children and youth in countries affected by armed conflicts, forced displacement, climate-induced disasters and protracted crises – selected Afghanistan as one of the first countries to roll out a Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP). The in-country Steering Committee formed to oversee implementation of the programme appointed management of the MYRP to UNICEF as a grantee. Afghanistan’s MYRP was designed to focus on ‘out of school children’, by setting up community-based education (CBE) classes close to where they live. 

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2016 - 2023


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Secondary Enrollment
  • Secondary completion


  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Climate change
  • Emergencies and protracted crises

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

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Displaced/refugee - Internal (from other areas of the same country)

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools


  • Hiring more female teachers
  • Hiring more teachers (both men and women)

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Reduced absenteeism

Cross-cutting goals

Not applicable or unknown