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November 06, 2013

Afghanistan signs new ELT agreements

The PIE (Professionals in International Education) News reports on efforts to rebuild the education system in war-torn Afghanistan, including the training of a third of the country's English teachers.

Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai has signed two agreements with the British Council to ensure training for 16,500 of the country’s estimated 45,000 English teachers and to support the Ministry of Higher Education’s goal to move Kabul’s public universities towards an English curriculum.

As foreign troops begin their mass exodus in 2014, Afghanistan is focusing on education including English language teaching as one of the the cornerstones that will ensure the country’s development.

“We are very pleased that the British Council is able to support the future generations of Afghanistan and we are happy and committed to support these educational programmes,” Karzai said. “English as a medium requirement at schools will create many more opportunities for our students in Higher Education.”

John Mitchell, the British Council’s Director in Afghanistan, confirmed that English will critical to the country’s development. “The 2014/15 transition years from having a foreign military presence will still require international collaboration.”

Read the full post on The PIE News.

Photo: President Karzai talking with the British Council's deputy Chair of Trustees, Baroness Prashar, and its Afghanistan director John Mitchell – London, UK

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