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Building a solid foundation for a brighter future in Afghanistan through education
Building a solid foundation for a brighter future in Afghanistan through education
In a neat, well designed classroom in the Panjshir Valley, 30 girls listen intently as their female teacher instructs them in grammar and writing. Although common today, this was largely unheard of only a decade ago. Read More >
In Kabul, the Government of Japan funds new classrooms to improve education
In Kabul, the Government of Japan funds new classrooms to improve education
New classrooms, chairs and desks mean better education at Shirino High School, one of the schools renovated and refurbished with funds from the Government of Japan as part of its ‘1,000 Classrooms’ initiative Read More >
Unique education programmes brighten the future for Afghanistan
Unique education programmes brighten the future for Afghanistan's young women
The city of Herat is the setting for ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ – Khaled Hosseini’s powerful, best-selling novel about the harsh conditions of women in Afghanistan. Read More >
More children in school in Afghanistan
More children in school in Afghanistan
During the Taliban’s reign, fewer than one million children went to school in Afghanistan. Now about six million children are registered in schools and about one third of them are girls. Sida’s efforts in educating boys and girls in Afghanistan have delivered results. Read More >
A window of hope for girls in Jalalabad
A window of hope for girls in Jalalabad
In Afghanistan, more than half of the population is below the age of 18. Youth literacy rates are low.  For young women and girls, the situation is of particular concern. Read More >
Japanese Government partners with UNICEF for ‘Thousand Classroom Project’ in Afghanistan
Japanese Government partners with UNICEF for ‘Thousand Classroom Project’ in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 17 July 2009 - Sonia is one of the 2,800 students at the Soraya Girls’ High School located in the Karta-i-Char area of Kabul. Just 13 years old, she has already decided on a career. Read More >
Beyond School Books – a podcast series on education in emergencies
Beyond School Books – a podcast series on education in emergencies
NEW YORK, USA, 15 May 2009 – Last year in Afghanistan there were nearly 300 documented attacks on schools, killing 92 people and injuring 169. In Pakistan, 172 government and private schools, particularly girls' schools, have been destroyed in the Swat Valley district since 2007. Read More >
Two afghan women get to grips with shop signs
Two afghan women get to grips with shop signs
KHAMZARGAR, Afghanistan, 3 March 2009 – As I enter the house in this village north of Kabul, Maqbolah, 30, is reading out loud from a book to her fellow women students. She seems to be enjoying herself. Read More >
UNICEF condemns attacks on schools in Afghanistan
UNICEF condemns attacks on schools in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 14 November 2008 – UNICEF has condemned the increasing number of attacks on schools and students in Afghanistan. A recent acid attack on 15 female students walking to school in the southern city of Kandahar blinded two of the girls and injured two others. Read More >
‘Young Champions’ support girls’ education in Afghanistan
‘Young Champions’ support girls’ education in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 28 April 2008 – Faiz Mohammad Fayyaz, now in his early twenties, lost his father when he was seven years old. His mother cannot read and write, because her father did not allow her to go to school, and married her off at the age of 14. Despite all this, Faiz’s mother made sure that he and his three sisters got an education. Read More >
Communities
Communities 'stand up to violence' as the new school year begins
KABUL, Afghanistan, 24 March 2008 – Afganistan continues to progress in the field of education, as more than six million children attended the first day of school last week – including approximately 800,000 children who are now enrolled for the first time in their lives. Read More >
Female teachers help to rebuild Afghanistan’s education system
Female teachers help to rebuild Afghanistan’s education system
KABUL, Afghanistan, 8 June 2007 – During the Taliban era in Afghanistan, many female teachers were barred from working and many girls were not allowed to go to school. But that has all changed dramatically. Read More >
Community-based schools in remote areas
Community-based schools in remote areas
NEW YORK, USA, 23 February 2007 – Hakima, 9, only recently came to know about her country and its people. Read More >
23 January 2007: Afghans determined to rebuild, no matter the obstacles
23 January 2007: Afghans determined to rebuild, no matter the obstacles
UNICEF External Relations Officer Roshan Khadivi offers personal reflections on the progress she has seen for children in Afghanistan since her first assignment there more than five years ago. Read More >
Afghanistan Representative visits schools and other UNICEF programmes in conflict zone
Afghanistan Representative visits schools and other UNICEF programmes in conflict zone
NEW YORK, USA, 16 January 2007 – In the few weeks since Catherine Mbengue became UNICEF’s Representative in Afghanistan, she has been touring the country to see what UNICEF is doing, particularly with regard to education for girls and women. Read More >
Over 300 schools closed in southern Afghanistan
Over 300 schools closed in southern Afghanistan
LASHKAR GAH, 2 Oct 2006 (IRIN) - Schools in southern Afghanistan are closing in large numbers due to pressure and intimidation from the resurgent Taliban movement, leading to an education crisis in the volatile region, officials say. Read More >
Afghanistan: Bombs and threats shut down schools
Afghanistan: Bombs and threats shut down schools
LONDON, 11 July 2006 – Escalating attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups on teachers, students and schools in Afghanistan are shutting down schools and depriving another generation of an education, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Schools for girls have been hit particularly hard, threatening to undo advances in education since the Taliban’s ouster in 2001. Read More >
Girls’ attendance doubles in Afghan schools
Girls’ attendance doubles in Afghan schools
AFGHANISTAN, May 2006 - Girls’ school attendance has doubled in Afghan schools supported by World Vision and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to statistics collected by World Vision school monitors. Read More >
A chance to learn
A chance to learn
Three years ago, Rukhsar Nabe Zada had never been to school. Like many girls in Afghanistan, she was kept at home because her father did not want her in a class with boys. Under the Taliban, girls were forbidden from studying, but even after the fall of the regime, traditional Afghan values still present a formidable obstacle to girls' education. Read More >
Determined and motivated: a WFP volunteer in Afghanistan
Determined and motivated: a WFP volunteer in Afghanistan
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, 8 May 2006 - When Toshiko Kitahara first arrived in Faizabad, a town in northeastern Afghanistan, in March 2002, she was immediately struck by its beauty. Read More >
Afghanistan: UNICEF Deputy Executive Director stresses need for education for all
Afghanistan: UNICEF Deputy Executive Director stresses need for education for all
BAMYAN, Afghanistan, 22 March 2006 – In the shadow of a huge sandstone arch that housed one of the famous Bamyan Buddhas in central Afghanistan prior to its destruction by the Taliban, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah today urged all Afghan families to give priority to education for the sake of long-term progress. Read More >
Afghan Women Leaders Featured in First-of-its-Kind Education Calendar
Fall 2005 - AED has created the first Afghan calendar featuring prominent Afghan women professionals. The Afghan Women’s Role Model Calendar 2005-2006 highlights 12 Afghan women, both urban and rural, whose work can encourage girls to explore different career opportunities in a country where severe gender inequality exists.
 
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