Member Since 1973

Partner Ministry/Organization
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA)

Address of Embassy in Manila
No existing embassy in Manila.

Participation in Regional Programs (2018-2023)
  • Regional Program on Industry-Institute Partnership for Relevant TVET Program,
    June 21-25, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Integrating IR 4.0 Competency and 21st Century Skills in TVET,
    May 17-21, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Innovation in Curriculum Development Integrating ICT and Digital Skills
  • Regional Program on Innovation in Curriculum Development Integrating ICT and Digital Skills,
    February 15-19, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Innovating TVET by Developing Digital Contents Using ICT Tools,
    February 1-5, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Strategic Plan Development to Ensure Quality Management System,
    November 23-27, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Effective Methods of TVET Curriculum Development to Integrate 21st Century Skills,
    September 21-25, 2020, Online RP

Recent Programs Held (2018-2023)
No programs were conducted in Afghanistan from 2018 to 2023.

  • Special In-Country Program on Champion Leaders Development Program for TVET Skills for Poverty Alleviation (September 28 - October 2)
  • Training Program on Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) for SCA-MoLSAMD, Government of Afghanistan (August)

  • In-country Program on Academia - Industry Linkage in TVET Program in Afghanistan (July 2-6)

Country Flag

Official Name
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Land Area
652,860 km²

Country Borders
Pakistan (South and East)
Iran (West)
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (North)
China (Far Northeast)


Islam (Sunni Muslim)



National Holiday
19 August 1919 (Independence Day from the British)

Photo courtesy of Ahmad Sahel Arman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

No. of Years - Primary Education
6 years

No. of Years - Middle School
3 years

No. of Years - Secondary Education
3 years

No. of Years - Tertiary Education
4 years

Ministry of Supervising Education
Ministry of Education, Afghanistan

Agency Handling TVET
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA)

TVET System
The Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) strategy 2020 -2024 is developed to:
  • improve equitable access to technical and vocational education;
  • strengthen quality assurance and relevance of TVET; and
  • reform the TVET management system.
Achievements under TVET:
  • 73 vocational institute are established, 15 primary schools are upgraded to vocational institutes, competency assessment of 1031 of the TVET-A teachers and capacity assessment of the 4 Lead Institutes (NIMA, Nangarhar
  • Agriculture and Veterinary Institute, Herat Technical Institute and Kabul Auto Mechanic Institute) are performed.
  • Currently, a total of 68,202 students are enrolled in a formal TVET institute in 160 districts across 34 provinces, and 42 public and 350 private Non-formal TVET institutes are operating across 34 provinces.
Source: Afghanistan National Peace and Development Plan II (ANPDF II) 2021 to 2025: Forging our Transformation (2020)

Qualification Framework
The development of the Afghanistan National Qualifications Framework (ANQF) was formed as initiated by the Government of Afghanistan in 2008 and through the lead of the Committee on Education and Skills Policy (CESP). The secretariat of CESP has developed the legal and operational frameworks for the establishment of the Afghanistan National Qualifications Authority (ANQA) and ANQF, which aims to put in place policies, structures, facilities and mechanisms to attain an equitable and cost-effective TVET in Afghanistan.

Level of ANQS
The ANQF has eight levels, having a full range of qualifications in the education, training and skills development system. These qualification levels are based on learning outcomes which are the following:

Level 1: Basic level
Level 2: Literacy and Basic Vocational Training Certificate
Level 3: Intermediate Education certificate/ Grade 9
Level 4: Advanced Certificate, High School/Grade 12
Level 5: Tertiary Education Grade 14 Diploma
Level 6: Higher Education Bachelor Degree
Level 7: Higher Education Master Degree
Level 8: Higher Education Ph.D. Degree

TVET Financing
Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), the World Bank and other bilateral donor agencies.

Wheat Flour, Import of Afghanistan
Photo courtesy of Enlightened

-20.7% (2021)
Source: International Monetary Fund

Afghan Afghani (AFN)

Major Exports
Gold ($419M)
Grapes ($197M)
Tropical Fruits ($164M)
Raw Cotton ($159M)
Other Nuts ($140M)

Major Imports
Wheat Flours ($309M)
Rolled Tobacco ($279M)
Palm Oil ($241M)
Electricity ($165M)
Raw Sugar ($163M)

Major Export Partners
Pakistan ($595M)
India ($543M)
United Arab Emirates ($465M)
Italy ($59M)
China ($49.1M)

Major Import Partners
United Arab Emirates ($1.17B)
Pakistan ($833M)
India ($662M)
Uzbekistan ($511M)
China ($474M)

H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
Photo courtesy of The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Warsaw

Type of Government
Centralized Presidential System

Head of State
His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
President of Afghanistan

Head of Government
Mohammad Hasan Akhund
Acting Prime Minister

Branches of Government
The Executive
The Legislative
The Judiciary

*The President is the head of all three branches

National Repentance Day
Photo courtesy of The National

Literacy Rate
97.13% (2020)

Country Code

ISO Code

Internet TLD

Other Important Holidays
Liberation Day (February 15)
Mujahideen Victory Day (April 28)
Ramadan (9th month in the Islamic calendar)
Day of Arafat (12th month in the Islamic calendar)