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Afghan Girls Mourn Lost Education

Siam Zamir News

Very few are able to finish their studies, let alone go on to university. Soala gazes at her prized high school diploma with tears in her eyes. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Zarghuna Ana high school in Kandahar province, she had dreamed of going on to study medicine. But her hopes were dashed when her ...
Photographs taken in the city of Kabul

40 Percent of Afghan Children out of School: UNICEF

Siam Zamir News

Forty percent of children in Afghanistan, battered by four decades of conflict, are out of school, UNICEF said on Monday. An estimated 24 million children of school age are not in school in 22 countries affected by conflict, the agency found. South Sudan has the largest proportion of children out of school, 51 percent, followed by 47 percent in Niger, ...
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Schools in name only

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Hundreds of schools are closed because of security threats, while some 65 percent function under the open sky. A Killid investigation. Going to school is fraught with danger in provinces like Takhar, Sar-e Pol, Baghlan, Parwan, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Helmand and Badakhshan. Schools have been targeted and buildings blown up by Taleban and other armed anti-government fighters. Nearly 10 million students ...

More than 100 schoolgirls, teachers poisoned in Herat

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HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): At least 116 school students and teachers were poisoned in the Injil district of western Herat province on Monday morning, an official said. Injil district’s administrative Mohammad chief Naqib told Pajhwok Afghan News a number of students, teachers and workers of Habib-Al-Mustafa Girls’ School had been poisoned. “More than a hundred people, all females, were poisoned,” he ...
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Over half of teachers in Afghanistan unfit for position: anti-corruption watchdog

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More than half of teachers in Afghanistan are incompetent to carry out the task, an independent anti-corruption body warned Saturday. The finding by the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee alleged favoritism and patronage widely prevail over merit and ability in appointment of teachers. “Despite huge fund for education, we still see 55 percent of teachers in the sector ...

Afghanistan: Men throw acid into girls' faces 'for going to school'

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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Attackers on a motorbike threw acid in the faces of three teenage girls on their way to school in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, an official told CNN. The girls, age 16 to 18, are students at one of the biggest girls' schools in Herat city, the provincial capital, said Aziz-ul-Rahman Sarwary, head of the ...
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Unease at Pakistani Schools in Afghan Province

Siam Zamir News

Lack of state schools in Taleban-dominated parts of Paktika mean children are forced to learn in Urdu. Fifteen-year-old Afghan schoolboy Emran Khan is proud of his detailed knowledge of Pakistani history. Questioned about the number of provinces in Pakistan, he smiles and answers confidently, “Four states – Sind, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan.” Asked when Pakistan became independent, he immediately … Read More