The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received a grant from the International Development Agency (IDA) and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) for the Second Afghanistan Skills Development Project (ASDPII). The said project aims to establish a high quality, equitable, market-responsive and cost-effective technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in order to increase the number of immediately employable Afghan graduates. The ASDP is a multi-functional project managed through four components. The project aims to address all the above issues through the following components:

(a)     Component 1: Strengthening of the TVET institutional system

(b)     Component 2: Improving performance of TVET Schools and Institutes

(c)     Component 3: Improving Teacher Competencies

(d)     Component 4: Project Management, M&E and Public Awareness

The objective of the Second Skills Development Project for Afghanistan is to increase the potential for employment and higher earnings of graduates from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools and institutes through improvements in the skills delivery system. The grant will help finance the costs associated with reforms in, and improvement of, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sector in Afghanistan, with particular attention to replica watches deepening of the institutional systems. The level of skills in Afghanistan is low and formal training for mid-level skills competence, though it exists, is not standardized and/or benchmarked to acceptable sub-regional or regional standards. The support will respond to the situation through: a) strengthening and improving the overall institutional system, b) providing incentives for development of TVET schools and institutes in that provide formal technical training; c) training of technical teachers; and d) developing labor market information systems and Management Information System (MIS) to monitor the whole sector. All these interventions will be underpinned, and informed by robust linkages between the training providers and the labor market. The strength and relevance of the project lies in it being market-oriented, with a pivotal role for the private sector in management and decision-making in the skills delivery system.

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