Education for Afghan Refugees

Education for Afghan Refugees in one of the foremost priorities of the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees

Activities of Education Cell

  • Process of Admissions for AR students.
  • Issuance and attestation of Certificates.
  • Registration of AR Educational institutions & up-gradation of EMIS Database.
  • Coordination with IPs, Ops and UNHCR.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Supervision of Educational activities.
  • Capacity building of AR school staff.
  • Provision of Teaching Aid Material to AR schools and students.
  • Conduction of Seminars.
  • Submission of Proposals.
  • Spontaneous response to Emergencies.
  • Establishment of SMCs.
  • Ensure provision of safe and clean learning environment.
  • Measures to increase enrolment and retention rate.
  • Provision of Non-formal education and life skills.


Objectives of Education Cell

  • To empower Afghan Citizen Communities through Community Development in formal education sector from Primary to Post Primary levels with close corroboration with UNHCR, its IPs, CPs and other Afghan Citizens educational stakeholders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  • To initiate self-help educational institutions, uplifting the quality of education through Capacity Building of AR school teachers/communities.
  • To establish liaison with AR stakeholders and other Public Departments/agencies, Diplomatic Missions i.e. Schools & Literacy Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Inter Board Committee of Chairman (IBCC), Higher Education Commission (HEC), Higher Education Regularity Authority (HERA), Pakistan Foreign Affairs Camp office Peshawar and Afghan Consulate, Peshawar for the betterment of Afghan Education in Pakistan.
  • To promote qualitative Primary and Post Primary formal education and vocational training in AR Community in urban and rural areas.
  • To make the Management and learning process more effective and efficient.


  • 11702 cases were processed for Admission in various Professional/Non-Professional in r/o AR Students. In 2010 the total admission cases processed were 830 against 808 that were processed in 2009.
  • 1689 cases in r/o AR Students for the award of DAFI scholarship were processed. Against which 1198 AR Students were granted the same.
  • 592 cases were forwarded to SAFRON Ministry for the award of IDB Scholarship, against which 357 AR Students were awarded IDB Scholarship.
  • More than 2000 teachers of different schools trained for SIP,SMC, M&E, Psychosocial Welfare, Teaching Methodologies, Science Teachers Laboratory training Teaching of English and MSEE.
  • Provision of Laboratories equipments to 50 AR schools benefiting 11858 students.
  • Construction of twin toilets in 29 AR schools.
  • Provision of Tube wells for clean drinking water in 20 AR schools and the local AR community.
  • Ensured access to education and establishment of EMIS.

1st Phase Education Cell from July 1981 to 1995

  • Management of Primary/Middle and Secondary Schools.
  • Monitoring of all Educational activities.
  • Admission in Professional & Non-Professional classes.
  • Process of UNHCR & IDB scholarship.
  • Conduct of 12th Grade Examination 1989-2003.

School's Statistics (1981-1995)

No. of Schools 1981 1989 1995
Primary Schools (Boys) 250 404 268
Primary Schools (Girls) - 77 -
Middle Schools (Boys) - 141 81
Middle Schools (Girls) - 4 -
Secondary Schools (Boys) - 5 7
Total 250 631 356
Students Enrollment 28544 111813 70000
Number of Teaching Staff 757 3141 1178

Admission Cases/12th Grade Exam (1981-1995)

  • 3453 Admission cases in respect of Afghan Refugee Students were processed during 1981-1995.
  • Conduct of 12th Grade examination started in 1989. Till 1995 a total number of students appeared in 12th Grade examination is 619.
  • IDB scholarship started from 1987. Till 1995 162 AR Students were granted IDB Scholarship @ $.1500 US Per Annum.

2nd Phase Education Cell from Dec 1995 to March 2006

  • The UNHCR had phased out all the 81 Middle and 7 Secondary Schools from their budget beyond 30/04/1995.
  • All the Primary Schools (277) were handed over to GTZ/BEFARe on 1st January 1996.
  • On the request of the elders of camps the Education Cell prepared PC-1 for re-activation of 81 Middle and 7 Secondary Schools out of SPA for two (02) Academic Sessions 10/12/1995 to 31/03/1998 amounting to Rs.59.706 Million.
  • The SAFRON Ministry had approved the PC-1 and the Middle and Secondary Schools were re-activated out of SPA.
  • Due to budget constraint all the Schools were closed down on 31st March 2006.

School's Statistics (1996-2006)

No. of Schools 1996 2001 2006
Middle Schools (Boys) 55 67 44
Middle Schools (Girls) - 18 13
Secondary Schools (Boys) 04 21 19
Secondary Schools (Girls) - 03 02
Total 59 109 78
Students Enrollment 2400 9438 7017
Number of Teaching Staff 193 618 515

Admission Cases/12th Grade Exam (1996-2006)

  • 2395 Admission cases in respect of Afghan Refugee Students were processed during 1996-2006.
  • From 1996 to 2004 a total number of students appeared in 12th Grade examination is 2269 and onward 2004 UNHCR has stopped the fund for 12th Grade Examination.
  • 1339 cases in r/o AR Students for the award of DAFI scholarship were processed. Against which 1108 AR Students were granted the same.

3rd Phase of Education Cell from April 2006 till date

  • In order to complete the Academic Session the local AR Community requested the CAR to allow them to run these schools on Self-help basis.
  • Education Cell has started Provisional Registration of all the Afghan Citizen Educational Institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  • EMIS Section established in Education Cell and published a booklet regarding comprehensive Statistical record of 243 AR Educational Institutions.
  • A project proposal for "Strengthening and support of 50 AR schools" was submitted to German Government in April 2008. Which was accepted and implementation started from October 2008. 390 teachers were accommodated benefiting 8848 students. The enrollment increased to 11858 in 2010.

Detail of AR Educational Institutions functioning in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • At present 437 AR Educational Institutions are monitored by Education Cell. These include:
    • 243 Afghan Citizen Community Schools.
    • 129 AR Primary Schools run by BEFARe funded by UNHCR.
    • 15 AR Schools run IRC.
    • 50 German Aided schools now run through self-help.

About CAR

Commissionerate Afghan Refugees was established in 1979 under the Federal Government Orders to facilitate the Afghan Refugees who were crossing the borders and coming into Pakistan to find refuge due to the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

There is a Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees (CAR) in each Province of the country and having the Chief Commissionerate (CCAR) based in Islamabad. All the Commissionerates and the Chief Commissioner work under the Ministry of SAFRON, Islamabad.

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