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Afghan girls and boys will get equal education, hopes UNHCR

Afghan girls and boys will get equal education, hopes UNHCR

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13 Apr 2022 - 19:16
Afghan girls and boys will get equal education, hopes UNHCR
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13 Apr 2022 - 19:16

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday said it hopes the Taliban government would provide equal education to girls and boys in order to ensure peaceful future of Afghanistan.

Yumiko Takashima, UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, made the remarks at the inauguration of a new building for a girls’ school in Kandahar on Wednesday.

The building of the girls’ high school was inaugurated in Mirza Mohammad Khan Kalacha area of ​​the 9th district of Kandahar. The construction work was completed in about 10 months.

The project was funded by Japan and implemented in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Yumiko Takashima said on the occasion that when girls and boys study, they can bring peace to the future of their country.

She added: “We are proud to open schools, we have so far opened three schools in Kandahar, we hope that equal education facilities will be provided to girls and boys, let them study and ensure peace for the future of Afghanistan.”

The students are happy that a well-equipped building has been constructed for them. They also demanded that girls be allowed to study beyond the sixth grade.

Zahra, a student of the high school, told Pajhwok Afghan News that she used to study in tents. But now that the building has been built for them, they will study in a better environment.

“We are happy that the new building has been built for us, now the higher class students should be allowed to continue their education with us,” she said.

Residents of the area are also demanding that girls’ schools above the sixth grade should be reopened because more than two hundred days have passed since the high school students were deprived of education.

Haji Sardar Mohammad, a resident of Mirza Ahmad Khan Kalacha area, says they have always supported the education of boys and girls.

“Education is the most important need of the country, we ask the Islamic Emirate to allow girls education in accordance with Islamic principles.”

Meanwhile, Kandahar Education Director Maulvi Fakhruddin Naqshbandi thanked the donor agencies for their work in the field of education and renovation of school buildings.

On girls’ education, he said they were well-prepared in Kandahar but were looking at the Centre’s order to resume higher education for girls.

He said thousands of teachers were needed in Kandahar and would announce 3800 new posts for the next academic year.

“We are well prepared for the start of higher education for girls, but we face shortage of teachers. We will announce 3800 new posts for the next academic year because no work has been done in the field of education in the past in Kandahar,” he said.

The new academic year has started, but the government has postponed the start of girls’ high schools and middle schools until further notice, saying the schools would be reopened once a plan is finalized.

The decision provoked reactions at home and abroad. The United States canceled talks with Afghanistan’s caretaker government in Qatar and the World Bank suspended funding for four projects worth $600 million.

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