Children wait with their families to register at the Jalala Camp for the displaced in Mardan District in North West Frontier Province, one of three camps created during the past week to accommodate people fleeing the current conflict in Pakistan.
Girls’ education in the line of fire in Afghanistan and Pakistan
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.
More schools have also closed due to security concerns following threats or attacks against teachers and students in both countries.
Against the backdrop of the intensifying conflict in Pakistan, the protection of children and their right to education must be kept at the forefront of dialogues about resolving the crisis – this according to a panel of experts speaking out in a podcast discussion moderated by Amy Costello at UN Radio.
“Going to school, if you’re a girl or if you’re a teacher at a school that serves girls, is a great risk,” says United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Afghanistan Country Programme Director Wenny Kusuma.
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