Afghanistan: Qualified Afghan expatriates to help Ministry of Education's reform efforts

IOM this week received funding from the Danish government to assist in the temporary and voluntary return of qualified Afghan expatriates to fill crucial human resources and technical gaps within the Ministry of Education (MoE).

President Karzai recently instructed the MoE to carry out reforms to facilitate the development of Afghanistan's human capital by providing equal access to quality education for all Afghans to promote the country's development and economic growth.

In close coordination with the MoE, IOM will identify a total of seven expatriates specialized in areas such as public administration and human resource development to place them in key ministry positions responsible for undertaking the reform.

"One of the main obstacles faced by Afghan educationalists who consider returning to Afghanistan is a weak and overstretched education system," says IOM Afghanistan Chief of Mission Fernando Arocena. "Investing in improving the system will to some extent encourage the Afghan diaspora to return on a temporary or permanent basis."

IOM's return of qualified Afghans programme was launched in December 2001. It has since attracted 828 Afghans who have returned from 29 different countries to take part in the reconstruction and sustainable development of the country.

For further information, please contact Althea Rivas. IOM Kabul, Tel + 93 (0) 700 486 728, Email: or Katsui Kaya, Tel +93 (0) 700 185 961, Email: