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Efforts to regain Afghan girls right to education to continue: UNESCO

Efforts to regain Afghan girls right to education to continue: UNESCO

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24 Jan 2023 - 22:36
Efforts to regain Afghan girls right to education to continue: UNESCO
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24 Jan 2023 - 22:36

KABUL (Pajhwok): UNESCO director general Audrey Azoulay says they will continue to encourage the international community to regain the right to education for Afghan girls and women.

Audrey Azoulay said this in a message on the occasion of International Education Day, a copy of which has been sent to Pajhwok Afghan News.

The United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has dedicated the World Education Day to Afghan girls and women.

“Everyone has the right to education. This 24 January, it is more important than ever for UNESCO to remind everyone of the value and importance of these few words taken from article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Azoulay said.

She said hte fundamental right to education was still far from being a reality for all the girls and boys in the world. “According to our data, 244 million of them are still out of school this year.”

She said UNESCO dedicated the fifth edition of this International Day to all the girls and women in Afghanistan, who have been denied their right to learn, study and teach.

She said they condemn this serious attack on human dignity and on the fundamental right to education. “UNESCO has been tirelessly calling for the immediate restoration of the right to education for all girls and young women in Afghanistan.”

She said their organization, in close liaison with the country’s communities, continued to work in Afghanistan to secure the continuity of education, whether by means of literacy courses or by mobilizing the power of radio, a medium able to reach people directly in their homes.

She said UNESCO also remains the primary source for the monitoring of education data in Afghanistan, particularly data related to higher education.

“We will continue to mobilize the international community in order to uphold Afghan girls’ and women’s right to education. We must not forget, however, that throughout the world, even for those fortunate enough to be in school, grave concerns persist.”

This is why, in recent months, UNESCO has been working to strengthen international mobilization to ensure the quality of education. We need to adapt education to the challenges of our times, particularly by acting on the conclusions stemming from the Futures of Education initiative, which calls for a new social contract through and for education.

At the World Conference on Higher Education held in Barcelona last May, the International Conference on Adult Education held in Marrakech last June, and the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education held in Tashkent last November, UNESCO and its Member States together made new commitments to transforming education for every age.

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