Afghanistan Girl’s Education

Noria Tawab (6) from Mandrawar in Class 2 at Mandrawar Girls High School, Laghman Province, eastern Afghanistan. Her father is a farm labourer and she has 7 sisters and 4 brothers. One of her sisters studies medicine at University. Noria is the middle child and likes learning Pashto and wants to be a doctor in the future.

Thirty years of chronic instability and conflict, and the almost complete lack of educational opportunities for children under the Taliban, have had a dramatic impact on children’s education and well-being in Afghanistan. There are now 2.4 million Afghan girls enrolled in school, compared to just 5,000 in 2001. While the numbers are encouraging, Afghan girls still face many barriers to receiving an education. The quality of education is highly variable, school conditions are often poor and nearly half a million girls who are enrolled do not regularly attend school. With support from Act for Peace, CWS – P/A aims to increase and strengthen girls’ participation and their retention in education, and improve the quality of teaching and learning in primary schools in the Qarghayi district in Laghman province and Surkhrood district in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

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