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March 21 (Doha): Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for new commitments to the OOSC education project in Afghanistan. The projects aim to enroll 30,000 out-of-school primary children, 50% of those children are girls, in several provinces across Afghanistan.


HE Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Director General of Qatar Fund For Development, met with HE. Sayed Habibullah Agha, The Minister of Education in Afghanistan, to sign the MoU.  


The joint three-year project: “Providing Access to Learning Opportunities to OOSC in Afghanistan,” – targets the most out-of-school children in need, including girls and students with disabilities. It will work with community-based education schools to construct and refurbish classrooms and improve wash facilities. It will also provide training for community-based educators and aim to recruit more teachers and engage key stakeholders in the enrolment and retention of students.


  1. Mr. Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Director General of QFFD, stated, “We believe that education is one the most important pillars toward the prosperity of the LDCs. Unfortunately, 3.7 million children are out-of-school in Afghanistan today, and 60% are girls. And through this MoU, we are targeting 30,000 OOSC in Afghanistan, 50% of whom are girls. This is part of our vision to support fair access to education for all.”


CEO of Education Above All, Fahad Al-Sulaiti, added: “The signing represents a significant landmark for the children of Afghanistan.  These projects will have a positive impact on the opportunities for marginalized children in and enable them to attain a brighter future for themselves and their families.”


The agreement with Afghanistan demonstrates Qatar Fund for Development and Education Above All’songoing commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on SDG4 “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030.