ACKU Box Library Extension, Afghanistan Gets Global Recognition
“The Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) founded the ABLE program in 1996 with the primary aim of making reading materials accessible to newly low-literate Afghans. Newly low-literates are those individuals who have acquired basic but limited literacy skills that relapse over time due to a lack of resources and opportunities to develop these skills. The ABLE program works with Afghan writers to develop and publish basic and relevant reading materials in the Farsi and Pashto languages. These materials, along with books acquired from local bazaars, are distributed to both established libraries and also to some locations without established libraries.
To date, ABLE has commissioned and published over 385 books written by Afghan authors in both Farsi and Pashto and supplied more than 411,488 books to more than 260 community and school libraries in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Furthermore, approximately 500,000 individuals access books from ABLE box libraries annually.” (UNESCO, 2018).
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