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CIRED prepares for award to continue improving higher education in Afghanistan

Through the CAAI project, CIRED facilitated trainings that have improved teaching in Afghanistan, directly targeting institutional practitioners of agriculture education. The AHEAD project award is expected to further strengthen educational networks In Afghanistan.

Since 2018, the CIRED-managed Catalyzing Afghan Agricultural Innovation (CAAI) project has improved the relevance and capacity of agricultural education in five provinces in Afghanistan. Building upon its successes on the CAAI project, CIRED is looking forward to an award announcement for a new project that will strengthen higher education networks throughout Afghanistan, with CIRED responsible for establishing and strengthening a network around agriculture.

The upcoming Advancing Higher Education for Afghanistan’s Development (AHEAD) project supports the government of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Higher Education to strengthen Afghan Higher Education Institutions. The five-year activity builds upon the results of USAID’s previous higher education investments, to go beyond traditional capacity building such as training, construction, or equipment purchases and faculty/student exchange models, to accelerate sustainable human and institutional capacity within Afghanistan’s higher education institutions.

Led by FHI 360 in partnership with four universities, the AHEAD project will create higher education networks that support professional development and capacity building in four sectors: agriculture (Virginia Tech), education (University of Massachusetts), health (University of Minnesota), and business (American University of Afghanistan). 

The project will work through the networks to deliver activities that improve higher education access and catalyze learning through scholarships, internships and experiential learning, e-learning, training, research collaboration, policy implementation, assessments, curriculum revisions, faculty professional development, and peer exchanges. The project will also work closely with the Ministry of Higher Education and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority to strengthen their capacity to operationalize reforms.