Enhance balanced education in Afghanistan - BALEDU

Project completed

The project aims at enhancing the quality of general education as well as the access of girls to primary and secondary education. To do so, it supports teacher training institutions and girls’ schools in the province of Takhar. It promotes the commitment of Takhar communities to girls’ education. On a national level, it works with the Teacher Education Directorate (TED) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) to enhance gender equality in teaching nationwide.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Primary education
Education policy
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
01.09.2014 - 30.09.2017
CHF 5'985'674

In Afghanistan more than 9.1 million students are enrolled in public schools, of which 39% are girls. The ratio is similar in Takhar. This is a significant achievement given that in 2001 virtually no girls went to school. Despite progress, more work is needed to enhance the number of girls’ attending school and the quality of education. In this regard, the MoE and development partners face a number of key challenges including: poverty, security, the shortage of female teachers especially in rural areas, the poor quality of teaching, the lack of adequate infrastructure as well as cultural barriers.


Education in the province of Takhar is of higher quality and relevance and more gender balanced.

Target groups

TTC/TDCs lecturers, teachers in girls’ schools, school shuras and communities in 7 districts of Takhar province as well as the TED in Kabul.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Targeted Teacher Development Centers (TDCs) and the Teacher Training College (TTC) Taloqan significantly enhance the quality of education services.
  • Targeted girls’ schools significantly enhance the quality of education services.
  • District level stakeholders actively support girls’ education and women in teaching positions.
  • The Teacher Education Department systematically integrates a gender perspective in its work.



Expected results:  

  • Teachers of girls secondary schools particularly female teachers are trained in natural sciences, maths and teaching methodologies.
  • TTC/TDCs lecturers are trained in science, maths, and human rights related subjects.
  • School shuras of target schools are strengthened.
  • 31 girls secondary schools are equipped with libraries, laboratories and IT-rooms.
  • Gender priorities are articulated in 5 district education strategies/plans.
  • The gender mainstreaming capacities of TED staff are strengthened.


Results from previous phases:  

  • Approximately 81% of the 80 observed  teachers and lecturers, reaching about 6’500 students, now use student-oriented methods (in total 1’114 teachers and lecturers were trained).
  • 9 secondary schools, 6 Teacher Development Centers and 5 madrassas in targeted areas are equiped and use library, science  and computer labs.
  • Communities increasingly support girls education with 34 school Shuras in the targeted districts starting to meet, discuss and contribute to local education priorities.
  • 5 Madrasas schools opened classes for girls in targeted areas.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Other International Organization
  • Other OI

Other partners

Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)

Coordination with other projects and actors
  • MoE: particularly its TED, but also the General Education Department, the Girls’ Education Directorate and the Education Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP). In Takhar:  TTC Taloqan, TDCs, the Provincial Education Department Takhar, District Education Departments
  • Other governmental entities: Ministry of Women Affairs
  • Development partners:  local NGO(s) (sub-contracting, parts of outcome 3), Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (on linkages with community based schools), UNDP and Integrity Watch Afghanistan (on anti-corruption)


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   5'985'674 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   5'484'527
Project phases Phase 3 01.03.2018 - 30.06.2020   (Current phase)

Phase 2 01.09.2014 - 30.09.2017   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.04.2012 - 31.08.2014   (Completed)