DVV International has been working in Afghanistan since 2001. After an exploratory phase, the Afghan National Association for Adult Education, or ANAFAE, was founded in 2005 and has been a cooperation and implementation partner of DVV International ever since.
After the Taliban took power in August 2021, the situation has also become unclear for ANAFAE’s work. It is still unclear what rules apply and what future direction the country wants to take.
DVV International intends to continue its commitment to education in Afghanistan as long as respect for human rights and inclusive participation of women and girls are guaranteed. Education remains a central pillar of development for human and thus social development, even in crisis situations.
Currently, interested Afghans are hesitantly returning to education centres and enquiring about courses. In many cases, offers could be resumed or they expect a new start soon. ANAFAE adult education centres are now separated into women and men. What other changes the coming weeks will bring for ANAFAE remains uncertain at the moment.