Keep Girls Learning During and After Covid-19

CW4WAfghan is part of a tripartite partnership with UNESCO Afghanistan and the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan which campaigns for the right to education and getting girls back to school.

“In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity. The strengthening of disance learing/hybrid learning will help to forge a more resilient, flexible and accessible education system.” -Unesco policy brief

This campaign is one component of UNESCO’s Covid-19 response project under the CapED programme in Afghanistan, which contributes to evidence-based policy-making and planning for school reopening, long-term reform and resilience-building during Covid-19 and beyond.

To become truly resilient, flexible and accessible, the education system including all schools, should develop their capacity to switch easily from in-person learning to remote learning as part of their reform and recommitment for recovering from the current crisis, and preparing for future  disruptions and mainstreaming the use of ICT in education.

Other components include a workshop series on Covid-19 response and follow-on outputs such as policy briefs and a national study to investigate the effectiveness of alternative learning and school reopening across provinces.


If there are fewer girls in Afghan classrooms, it will mean fewer women who can make valuable social and economic contributions to Afghan communities in the future. When a girl’s education is cut short, the impact on communities lasts for generations. It is critical that girls who were attending school remain able to learn while schools are closed, and are able to efficiently and safely return to their classrooms when schools reopen. 

Why This Project?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put Afghan girls at risk of not returning to school, threatening decades of progress toward girls’ education and gender equality. In Afghanistan this situation is exacerbated by ongoing security problems, making it unsafe for girls to realize their right to education.

In Afghanistan, not only will hard earned gains in educational access come under threat, but gender  equality indicators such as early marriage and gender-based violence are further exacerbated, and girls often disproportionately carry additional domestic burdens once out of school and at home.