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  • In Ishkashim, Afghanistan, students work on a mental math lesson at the UCA School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). Since 2006, more than 150,000 students (53% women) have graduated from SPCE, completing programmes from 450 available training modules throughout Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.
Strengthening individual and organisational skills
Pathways to innovation

Afghanistan and Central Asia face serious climatic and economic challenges. A three-year partnership with the International Development Research Centre, University of Central Asia (UCA) and Aga Khan Foundation Canada focused on innovative and hands-on research and training to strengthen individual and organisational skills in math, environmental science and economic policy in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

“Pathways to Innovation” trained teachers in Afghanistan in effective math and gender-responsive pedagogies. The programme also enhanced scientific teaching and climate change research in Afghan and Tajik universities, with a special focus on advancing women scientists. Lastly, it built the capacity of officials and civil society organisations to use research in analysis of economic policy issues.

Through this programme:

  • Over 500 key actors across all three countries are being engaged in policy discussions through roundtables and public lectures.
  • More than 100 learners across all three countries are being reached through masters and certificate programmes in economic policy at UCA.
  • 20 learners – seven of them female – are being reached through UCA’s natural resource management certificate programme.  
  • More than 1,000 education stakeholders are being trained on new gender-responsive pedagogies, which will contribute to improved educational outcomes for over 50,000 Afghan students.
  • 172 Afghan Teacher Training College students, 77 percent of them female, are being trained on improved skills for teaching mental math.
  • 127 researchers, 50 percent of them female, across all three countries are working on 12 research projects related to sustainable agriculture and natural resource management.

For more information, read the full report here.