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The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2014, we provided more than $108 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $11 million.

SEA-II:will support at least the four targeted organizations and their programmatic activities that contribute to achieving USAID/Afghanistan’s strategic goals and objectives for education by improving access to education and reading and numeracy skills, as well as strengthening education systems to prepare Afghans for employment.

This organization builds the capacity of teachers in science and mathematics. The NSC program is in high demand and bridges a significant capacity gap for science and math teachers at high school level as 70 percent of teachers are only 12th grade graduates themselves. The Science/Mathematics training lasts 88 days and covers different subjects and instructional techniques. Each subject is taught twice a week and 30 sessions are allocated for each subject.

SEA II will continue to support NSC by training teachers and lab technicians from provinces representing several geographical areas. Participants will be trained in the new science and math curriculum, with specific focus on provinces that have been under-supported and on female teachers/lab technicians. In addition, it will fund laboratory equipment for up to 100 schools. Proposed activities must be aligned with the Global USAID Education Strategy and the Mission’s 10-year Transformation Strategy.

  

ACKU

ACKU is a non-profit organization that collects and makes available resources that contribute to an understanding of the social, economic, political and cultural dynamics of Afghan society in the past, present and future, and facilitates research that addresses Afghanistan’s nation-building challenges. ACKU’s ABLE activity establishes libraries and provides books and reading materials to rural communities and high schools throughout the country.

ABLE is a pioneer of boxed libraries in Afghanistan that aims to enhance and encourage reading among people of all ages and abilities—but especially among the newly literate—by bringing appropriate, relevant reading materials directly to them. These materials provide communities, high school students, and teachers with simple, informative, technical, and supplementary reading materials. The total number of libraries countrywide currently reaches 218 districts in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.

  

ISK

ISK delivers a U.S.-accredited, English language, K-12 college preparatory program to Afghan students and students from the international aid, international business, and diplomatic communities. It is one of few co-educational institutions operating in Afghanistan. As of September 2013, more than 300 students were enrolled in ISK, of which 88 percent are Afghan and 36 percent are female.

SEA II will provide support to ISK to implement a fair and transparent scholarship program for Afghan students. The support will enable ISK to provide continued access to high-quality education for underprivileged Afghan students through the exclusive use of full or partial scholarship funding provided in a manner consistent with Federal Student Aid and Fulbright Scholarships authorized under Title 34 CFR §668, and 662 respectively. The proposed tuition scholarships will continue to be offered on a needs and merit-based manner. These scholarships will provide direct financial aid to deserving Afghan families with children enrolled at ISK who lack the necessary means to pay full tuition for an accredited U.S. education.

  

CW4WA

Afghanistan Reads! Funded through Canadian Women for Women Afghanistan, aims to improve the educational status of women and girls in Kabul, Herat, Parwan, Kapisa, Badakhshan, and Balkh Provinces. Expected results will include:

  • Improved literacy skills of 840 women and girls students.
  • Literacy learning activities conducted, at the village, community, and household level for 420 students;
  • 20 communities libraries established to promote the culture of reading and reading comprehension in rural areas;
  • Effective library management practices instituted through training of 30 literacy teachers/librarians;
  • Life skills workshops organized for 420 literacy students.

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