The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish said on Wednesday that Afghanistan is one of the countries with the highest illiteracy rates in the world and that the education ministry’s efforts to overcome the problem have failed.
“Unfortunately, we are among those countries which have the highest percentage of illiteracy. The most optimistic statistics are still between 60 to 65 percent of the country’s population,” Danish said, addressing a ceremony in Kabul.
At the same event, the acting education minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi said Afghanistan has 10 million illiterate people – most of whom are women.
“Insecurity in some districts (of Kabul) is a serious problem for the literacy training programs but worse than that is the lack of awareness among the people,” the Kabul governor Yaqub Haidari said.
Meanwhile, the deputy head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Khanjan Alokozay, said at least 80 percent of their workers are illiterate.
But he said they will help the Ministry of Education in its efforts to boost literacy training programs.
“We are ready for voluntary assistance in terms of spiritual and financial help. We are committed to the people and to government,” he said.
According to figures by the Ministry of Education, less than 45 percent of Afghanistan’s population are literate.