Delegation of Educators from Afghanistan

Event Date: 
Tuesday, 2 January, 2018 to Wednesday, 3 January, 2018
Event Venue: 
CCS Office, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
New Delhi, India

This December, the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) hosted a delegation of educators from Afghanistan for a dialogue organised by the Asia Foundation and supported by USAID. The delegation included school-owners of budget-private schools, representatives from government ministries of Afghanistan, and educationists. The two-day engagement addressed the challenges, innovations, and the need for reforms in education in India, especially concerning budget-private schools. The delegation also visited three member schools of NISA in Delhi to see first-hand the workings, challenges and possibilities of budget private schools in improving access to and the quality of education amongst low-income communities in India.

Here’s what Ms Razia Stanikzai, Deputy Director of Education, the Asia Foundation, Afghanistan had to say, “I was touched by the warm welcome and generous knowledge sharing by NISA with the Afghan delegation that comprised of high level government officials and Private Schools Association members. They shared their journey of advocacy for affordable private schools, their challenges and their lessons learned which were pertinent and relevant. For example, the idea that a school’s success should be measured by its students’ learning outcomes not just by the inputs in the schools. It was impressive when we visited the schools and met the dynamic management and teachers committed to quality education for their community’s children. We are incredibly grateful to NISA. The Asia Foundation looks forward to deepening Afghanistan’s relationship with NISA”