During the decades of conflict in Afghanistan, educational services were severely disrupted and the education system suffered near total destruction. Many educated Afghans fled as refugees and then migrated to other countries. Those educators remaining in Afghanistan were isolated for much of this period, and so had little contact with global developments in education. This also meant that many teachers in Afghanistan have little or no formal training and therefore lack the knowledge to teach students to the levels required for further education or university entrance.
AADO began its Science Teacher Training (STT) Program in December 2007 in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE), as a response to the poor performance of students in senior secondary levels and the failure of students to transition to senior secondary or tertiary education.
At the end of its STT program in July 2012, AADO would have trained 1393 in-service secondary science and mathematics teachers in theoretical and practical curriculum and modern pedagogy. With an average teacher to pupil ratio of 1:46 in Kabul City and Kabul Province, and 1:51 in Herat Province, this means that approximately 64,828 senior secondary students would have indirectly benefited from AADO’s STT program.
Since July 2012 AADO has trained 1,400 in-service science teachers as Master science teachers in Kabul city; Kabul Provinces, Parwan, Samanagan, Kunar, Uruzgan and Sur-e-pal Provinces. These Master Teachers return to their High Schools or Tertiary Training Centres to pass on their newly acquired knowledge to other teachers. This multiplies the reach of AADO’s training programs to the surrounding education community to support school success and university entrance for Afghanistan’s young people.