Taliban the Enemies of Education. 

Getting education in remote parts of Afghanistan where the extremist groups are dominant is very challenging – especially for female.

According to Taliban’s pathetic believe – girls can go to school untill grade fourth – while there is no specific limit for boys. However, sometimes there is also limitations for boys – schools that are judged more “western” can also be targeted and closed. I’m some parts of the country, there is no school that can enroll girls in grade five.

The Taliban prefer their own self-declared ways of studies. In some schools, the Taliban have even managed to change the curriculum. They eliminated English classes and added more theology. They even placed their own theology teachers in those schools.

Several years ago, in some center princess girls and boys could go to school without fear of being targeted. But recently, especially girls aren’t even safe in some provincial capitals in spite of their own changes in the curriculums.

It often happened that the Taliban attacked l girls with acid and poisoned them at their schools. In these past few months, the Taliban managed to shut down 25 girls’ schools through out the country. One university guy was hanged to death just recently.

Few days ago once again the Taliban militants attacked a girl’s school in Logar province and set it on fire. These incidents are no more a matter of surprise for people. Between 2009 and 2012, more than 1,000 attacks were recorded against schools in Afghanistan – this number may seem high as it is, but non-profit organizations believe the real numbers of schools being attacked may be even higher.

The ministry of education recently said that 500,000 students out of 8 million have dropped out of school due to security fears, and 10 percent of schools have closed for the same reason.


About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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