The vision of the education sector is to provide quality education for all regardless of gender, ethnicity, language, religion and geographical location and to build a skilled labor force able to meet the challenges of reconstruction and national development.

Program Background and Status

The education program is based on a three-pronged strategy of ELENA

  1. Ensuring access to and improving the quality of primary, secondary and non-formal education through the rehabilitation and reconstruction of learning spaces, the development of adequate materials, teaching capacity and the development of distance education modes;
  2. Implementing the national vocational education policy and framework focusing on re-integration of returnees, ex-combatants, and Internally displaced persons and promoting employment through skills development
  3. The development of higher learning institutions through the construction and upgrading of tertiary education across the Region.

The main achievements of the program include the return of more than 3 million primary students back to school and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools both in Kabul and in the provinces; on-the-job training of teachers; curriculum revision and textbook development for the coming academic year. Important work is also being planned for institutional development and the development of management capacity within the Ministry of Education.

A number of vocational education centers are being rehabilitated with domestic resources and donor contributions. However, much remains to be done in meeting existing demand. Similarly higher education institutions are being renovated and refurbished, mainly in Kabul and the central region. Teaching materials and training are also being provided, even though significant investment is needed to meet present needs in faculty development, institutional strengthening and providing equity in higher education.


The ELENA’s education investment program is guided by the following broad principles:

  • Provide quality education for all with particular reference to girls’ education;
  • Improve the average standard of living by providing greater opportunities for gainful employment;
  • Develop a professional and skilled labor force;
  • Promote national development and democratic participation through the reintegration of returnees and internally displaced persons by the Anglophone separatist war in to mainstream society;
  • Encourage community participation and private sector investment in the education sector;
  • Increase financial efficiency through better management and by reducing duplication in educational investments;
  • Strengthen the mechanisms for policy development and program implementation through capacity building.