BEST(Basic Education and Employable Skill Training) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political and development oriented organization established on 27th of April 2001 and registered with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Economy NGOs. The Organization has a regional coverage through undertaking various Educational (Legal Rights, Human Rights, Teacher Training, Non Formal, Catch-up, Vocational ) Awareness Raising (Legal Rights, Advocacy, Women Rights, Support to Electoral Process, Elimination of violation against women, Human Rights, , peace reconciliation, conflict resolution in peace building ) Capacity Building ( Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Project Designing, Proposal writing, Report Writing, Advocacy, Need Assessment and etc. , Provincial and District Government Civil Servants Developmental in General Management, Financial Management) , Income generation and Vocational Training Projects in different sectors for Afghan Refugees/Returnees and local communities in Afghanistan.
At present the Organization is working in most regions of Afghanistan and has entered into partnership with Counterpart International (CPI), USAID, DAI, Tawanmandi and Preston University
Mission, Vision & Values
To be the leading capacity building agency in Afghanistan working with the vulnerable to alleviate poverty.
Through capacity building empower vulnerable Afghans to alleviate poverty.
Best Core Values:
BEST is committed to human dignity, fairness, excellence and trustworthiness, in all if its behaviors, attitudes and dealings.
The Board of Directors (B.O.D) of BEST is the strategic Apex of the organization. The roles and functions of B.O.D have been explicitly defined in the constitution of the organization.
The organization is headed by a full time Country Director who is the chief executive and fully responsible for financial, technical, personnel, operational matters and entire administration of BEST and shall report to the B.O.D.
I. Increase access to Capacity Building for Afghan people through Programmatic Expansion.
Increase access to facilitating Afghan youth to acquire higher education.
Expanding the re-granting of CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) programs.
Provide technical assistance to building the capacity of CSOs.
Expanding the provision of vocational trainings to vulnerable Afghans to improve income generation activities.
II. Developing Organizational Excellence.
Review Organizational human resource processes.
Improve Organizational human resource processes.
III. Expansion of Donor’s Portfolio
Identify potential donors (Institutional and private).
Building an effective network with potential donors.
Elicit support from existing philanthropic opportunities.
IV. New Programmatic Initiatives.
Program diversification to incorporate agricultural and live stock.
Increase the establishment of BEST regional offices nationwide.
Increase income generation interventions (type and numbers).
V. Promoting Social Justice within Government.
Advocate social justice to the government.
VI. Promoting good governance within government.
Advocate good governance to government.
VII. Promote peaceful coexistence in Afghanistan
Increase advocacy initiatives to promote peace in society
Increase role of CSOs in Peace building and Conflict Resolution
Improve engagement of Government in Policy Reforming
SECTORS UNDER FOCUS:
Non-formal Education i.e. Community/Home Schools/Adult Literacy, Agriculture, Catch-up Education, accelerating learning, legal education and Peace Education;
Teacher Training and capacity building
Vocational Education and Training (VET) / Skill Training;
Micro and small entrepreneurship promotion & development;
Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
Access to Justice
Elimination of violence against women
Human Rights/Women Rights/Child Rights
CSOs Capacity Building
Ativities in Education (Formal/Non-Formal)
The main sectoral focus of BEST is Education (formal/non-formal) with special emphasis on girls’ & women education. In this context, BEST has gained sufficient experiences by implementing various Education Projects for Afghans in different areas of Afghanistan and for the Returnees’ children & women in major provinces of Afghanistan funded by UNDP-ANBP and GTZ.
The main objective of these projects is the creation of a conducive, learning environment as well as school & courses to provide basic education opportunities for children deprived from their basic right to education. .
BEST promotes quality education (formal/non-formal) for girls, boys women & men, by providing teaching learning materials & classroom supplies e.g. textbooks, stationery, appropriate learning environment, teachers and infrastructure.
The important components of this sector are:
1. School/Course Management.
2. Peace Education.
3. Teacher/Instructor Training.
4 Community mobilizations, School Management Committee establishment and their training.
5. Extra-Curricular Activities.
The class/Course management component of the non-formal education sector is dealing with the overall management and operation of catch up classes and literacy courses.
This component has been assigned different tasks, such as:
w Selection of teachers/instructors having the required qualifications
w Holding of examinations
w Keeping an up-to-date record of each pupil and
w Provision of teaching learning materials to pupils;
w Providing training to communities and Education Management Communities on the maintenance, monitoring and supervision of their classrooms.
The class/course management component holds meetings with the teachers/instructors, and community elders/education management committee members to contribute to the increase of pupils’ enrolment and attendance. The key stakeholders are trained in participatory monitoring and evaluation concepts, following the principle of integration. Regular monitoring events are organized with active participation from the community elders on a monthly basis to review the performance and address implementation issues.
The Peace Education Program throughout the world is aimed to cultivate a culture of peace. Peace education can be considered not only as an important component of a child’s/adult educational experience but is also useful for the development of peaceful, tolerant, responsible, friendly, loving and non-violent societies. It is aimed as well to enable the youth to develop desirable skills and attitudes to resolve conflicts and live peacefully. It is not simply the absence of war but it is the presence of justice and understanding. The power
Of love should conquer the world. Efforts are being made to inculcate desired values and develop positive attitudes and skills to create a culture of love and peaceful co-existence. Peacemakers are also trying their best to develop the skills of effective communication.
BEST focuses on the following: -
To build/develop capacity of teachers/instructors (male/female) in the effective delivery of
Peace messages to pupils.
To develop peace education training and learning materials.
To transfer peace messages to the students through different teaching/learning techniques.
To contribute in making the learning environment more peaceful and conducive for
To create and promote awareness regarding peace education within the target
Best also provide this training to community elders and members of School Management Committees for conflict resolution purposes in communities.
Peace building and conflict resolution is also the sectoral focus and BEST implemented different projects to Build the capacity of civil societies, Government authorities and local people to more effectively and efficiently, solve the community conflicts and problems, and to live in peaceful environment as well as to support Afghan Government initiative “Peace and at gross root level by actively and effectively involving of all tribes elders to play their role in bringing peace to Afghanistan in general and to the target province in particular. BEST has disseminated Peace reconciliation messages and created awareness among youth by conducting different sport tournaments and peace messages. BEST has conducted regional conferences and workshops by involving CSOs for peace building and conflict resolution
Accelerating Learning or Catch up Education
Best has a partnership with GTZ-BEPA (Basic Education Program for Afghanistan) Which provides acceleration learning or catch up education program in great Paktia (Paktia , Paktika and khost provinces ) in order to provide basic education facilities to new returnees in those scattered areas?
There is a dire need to capacitate the teaching staff in the modern educational trends by organizing regular trainings. The teacher/instructor-training component is conducting basic and refresher trainings on educational methodologies that are widely acceptable and applied in the Afghan education sector. The effect of the training is regularly assessed both in qualitative and quantitative terms by on the job trainings under the direct supervision of Education Manager and Supervisors.
Extra-curricular activities play a vital part in the physical, mental and social upbringing of a child, adults, students, pupils and teachers, especially for their physical and mental health and refreshment. They also create healthy competition among the children, which is essential for the mental and physical growth of each child and stimulate the children to acquire positive habits and attitudes.
BEST organizes different sport events like football match; volleyball, rope-pulling, the winning & runner-up teams are awarded with trophies and medals.
The objectives of sport competitions and celebrating different national & internationals days are:
a) To establish a parents-teachers association and sensitize the parents about child activities inside the class/course.
b) To increase pupil’s attendance in the schools/literacy classes.
c) To improve teachers’/instructors activities.
d) To utilize the pupil’s potential.
Accelerating Learning or Catch up Education
BEST is implementing the BRAC Afghanistan funded program which provides accelerating learning or catch up education program in Nangarhar province.
The vocational training program provides demand driven skills to the Afghans. Male beneficiaries are provided with skill training in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, welding, sheet metal and carpet weaving and other market oriented trades. The female beneficiaries are provided with skill training in food preservation, embroidery, tailoring and carpet weaving. A carpentry workshop has been established, which is functioning as a sustainable enterprise. BEST is presently providing vocational training to more than 854 ex combatants in southeast and eastern regions. Literacy and peace education are the integral parts of this hard component (Vocational Training).
Small Business Management
BEST has implemented small business management projects for 1100 ex combatants in northeast, eastern, central highlands and southeast regions. The overall goal of this program is Provision of skills, know how, financial and follow up supports for starting up small businesses/enterprises, thus enabling them to generate income and become useful citizen of the society.
The SBM objectives are:
To inculcate the skills in the target group regarding the management of small business/enterprises.
To let the trainees evaluate their strength and weaknesses for managing their proposed businesses.
To help trainees examine ways and means to enter the business community.
To demonstrate how to avoid errors often made in conceiving, organizing and operating a small firm.
To inculcate habit of effective and efficient utilization of limited resources available.
To maintain simple book keeping, calculate labor & material cost and net income and profit.
BEST is playing major role in strengthening the role of civil societies in Afghanistan, to build relations between government bodies and civil societies as well as to build the relation between civil societies and communities by conducting different debated and essay competition on anticorruption by involving youth of different universities and schools throughout Kabul. BEST has successfully conducted different conferences regarding role of civil societies, anticorruption while 1000 beneficiaries have participated in the conferences. BEST also supported media by involving media in reducing corruption and ensuring the communities to get basic services provided to them by government. BEST is also the member of steering/working committee of AFCAC (Afghanistan Civil societies Coalition against corruption), conducting different conferences, awareness sessions and trainings to make civil societies accountable to reduce corruption from regional to national level.
BEST has successfully implemented different projects and participated in different conferences, worked in groups with civil societies to promote good governance and democracy in Afghanistan. BEST has implemented different projects to build the capacity of CSOs and enable them to promote good governance and role of citizen in civic participation. BEST implemented following activities to improve good governance
Empowerment of 180 civil servants on provincial level by building their capacity in Management, IT and Good governance jointly with government
BEST conducted support to the Electoral Process (STEP) public outreach activity program with Independent Election Commissions funded by Counterpart International during the year 2009 and created awareness among communities about elections, how to vote, where to vote and also their citizen rights to participate in good governance in Ghazni, Bamyan and Daykundi.
Capacity Building for Sherzad district governor office Nangarhar province during the year 2010.
Access to Justice:
BEST is also working in this sector and has rich experience of providing legal rights trainings, working for women, building the capacity of women, youth, government officials, different government authorities’, working with communities and other stakeholders. BEST implemented different project also with Government as described below.
BEST has also conducted different legal education and capacity building trainings for youth with the help of USAID- Counterpart International in Ghazni Province.
BEST implemented another project (Access to Justice) with Ministry of Education funded by UNDP/AJDL where BEST provided legal rights education to teachers of Government schools on district level during the year 2009.
BEST created legal awareness among women to provide them justice by implementing Raising Women’s Awareness of their Constitutional Rights within Afghanistan Complex Legal Tradition funded by US Embassy in Nagarhar province during the year 2011
BEST implemented different project of Elimination violence against women with Counterpart International and UN Women during year 2010-2011 where capacity of women were build by provision of women rights training and awareness was created among them regarding access to justice that in time of violence where they should go for justice while different cases were identified and referred to human rights organizations as well to provide them justice.
CSOs Capacity Building
BEST has rich experience and significant role in Civil society strengthening by building the capacity of 20 direct CSOs and 40 indirect CSOs (Civil society organisations) with two CSSCs (Civil society Support Centers. BEST has active role in civil society strengthening since 2006. BEST is supporting Civil society organizations by providing them service and different trainings like, proposal writing, report writing, project design, fundraising, re-granting, capacity assessment, building there capacity in peace building and conflict resolution, promoting good governance in Afghanistan by building capacity of civil societies through different trainings of accountability and transparency as well as by involving them in anticorruption program and other supports. BEST is implementing different projects and playing significant role in building the capacity of CSOs via projects in following areas.
Peace building and Conflict Resolutions
Access of Justice
Elimination of women violence
Teacher Training and capacity building
Vocational Education and Training (VET) / Skill Training