KABUL (Pajhwok): On the International Day of Education, Amnesty International (AI) has called for immediate reopening of all schools and universities for girls in Afghanistan.
January 24 is celebrated as International Day of Education. It is dedicated to the crucial role being played by education and teachers.
On its X handle, AI wrote that on this day, school girls from Afghanistan shared their stories, expressing both heartbreak and hopes.
The human rights group said: “Grant women and girls their full spectrum of rights, including access to education for girls of all ages by immediately re-opening all schools and universities, ensuring access to healthcare and allowing women to return to work.”
However, the Islamic Emirate has repeatedly said girls and women in Afghanistan fully enjoy rights enshrined in Islamic laws. It says education for girls above the sixth grade has been temporarily suspended.
On the other hand, the World Food Programme (WFP) says that many children in Afghanistan go to school hungry.
This agency wrote on X: “On the #InternationalDayofEducation, we remind the world that school meals are essential for learning. For children, WFP biscuits might be all they eat in a day.”