A senior UN official said the Taliban would announce a framework that would allow girls to go to school in Afghanistan “soon”, after four weeks in which Afghan boys have been allowed secondary education but not girls.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar said, “The Education Minister told us that they are working on a framework, which they will announce soon, that will allow all girls to go to secondary school, and we are hoping That it will happen very soon.” Abdi said Friday at the United Nations in New York.
For weeks now the Taliban have been saying they will allow the girls to return to school as soon as possible.
The terrorist group, notorious for its brutal and oppressive regime from 1996 to 2001, has faced international fury after effectively ousting women and girls from schools and operating across the country, while gradually taking away Afghan freedoms. have taken.
The Taliban allowed girls to attend primary school from the beginning, but ensured that neither the girls nor their female teachers could return to secondary school.
Taliban officials have said this can only happen if girls’ safety and strict gender segregation can be ensured by the group under a restrictive interpretation of Sharia law, adding that more time is needed to implement the framework. the wanted.
Abdi said that, as he put it, “millions of secondary school-age girls are missing out on education for the 27th day in a row.”
She said the United Nations has urged Taliban officials ruling Afghanistan to “not wait” to educate girls.
Abdi said he had visited Afghanistan a week ago and met with Taliban officials.
“In all my meetings, girls’ education was the first issue I raised.”
He said he had received “confirmation” of the Taliban’s commitments to allow girls to attend primary school.
As for secondary school, he said they were allowed “only in five provinces”, but added that the United Nations was pushing for the right to apply across the country.
This week a 14-year-old girl, identified as Asma, expressed her dismay about both the situation and her determination to pursue education.
“Will I be able to go to school or not? This is my biggest concern. I want to learn everything from the easiest to the most difficult subjects. I want to be an astronaut, or an engineer or an architect… It’s my dream ,” she told Amnesty International.
“Education is not a crime,” she said. “If the Taliban declare that getting an education is a crime, we will commit that crime. We will not give up.”
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