Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Unemployment - Rebuilding a Nation Shattered by War

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Unemployment - Rebuilding a Nation Shattered by War

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Vocational education strategy is a 'watershed' for Afghanistan.

The Afghan government has launched a strategy for technical and vocational education as the country attempts to improve its workforce and recover from more than a decade of war.

The scheme, run jointly with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), aims to tackle the country's unemployment rate, which is estimated at 35 per cent despite billions of dollars of international aid being spent to help rebuild the economy.

There are fears that the jobless rate could soar after the withdrawal of international troops this year, because support roles held by Afghans will no longer be required.

Bodies including the World Bank and the International Labour Organisation have said that job creation is the main challenge for the country's economy. …

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