Afghanistan’s Literacy Challenge

In recent years, Afghanistan’s battered education system has seen some progress – including more schools for boys and girls, and better access to critical resources such as books and classroom equipment. Yet, the nation’s literacy rate still remains one of the lowest in the world estimated at 27 percent. To help Afghanistan address this ongoing challenge, The Asia Foundation partnered with children’s book publisher Hoopoe Books to distribute 1.2 million much-needed traditional storybooks in Dari and Pashto as well as in English to schools throughout Afghanistan. Our digital media team recently visited some of the schools that just received books and caught up with students in their classrooms. Photos by Jon Jamieson.

Related locations: Afghanistan
Related programs: Books for Asia