Addressing education quality & equity in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Social System Design Lab, in collaboration with Washington University in Louis’ Global Research on Inclusion and Disability team, the University of Cambridge, and the Centre for Development (C4ED) are implementing a program of support for inclusive education in rural schools of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The program aims at increased access to quality education for Afghan and Pakistani children, improved quality of education, and capacitated national education system. The intervention consists of using community based system dynamics to promote participation of school stakeholders (school management committees, teachers, parents and children themselves) in defining the school system and particularly identifying ways to modify the system towards better inclusion of all children. The intervention also includes a tailored inclusive education training of teachers. The project is funded by an ESRC grant.

Principal Investigator

Jean-Francois Trani

SSDL Project Lead

Ellis Ballard






St. Louis, USA

Project Goals

  • Engage with with members of SMC/VECs (parents, local leaders and school staff) in conversation around inclusion and equality in education
  • Identify critical challenges and barriers to quality education in community schools
  • Identify and prioritize potential high leverage changes/innovations within community schools to address challenges/barriers