Badghis elders and civil activists call to reopen girls’ schools

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Several tribal elders and civil activists in Badghis province expressed concern over the continued closure of schools for female students above the sixth grade, with some saying they are concerned about their daughters’ and sisters’ futures, and they urged the Islamic Emirate to reopen girls’ schools as soon as possible.

“I am concerned about the ongoing closure of girls’ schools; my daughter is in the sixth grade, and I have no idea how she will be able to study in seventh grade,” said Ghulam Faruq, a tribal elder in Badghis.

“We want schools to be reopened for our sisters,” said Mujeeb Ehsan, a civil activist.

Meanwhile, female students in Badghis said that they are concerned about their future, but they still have hope that the government will reopen schools for them.

“It has been so much time that the schools have been closed, and our future is completely unknown,” said Zarmena, a student.

Meanwhile, officials of the Information and Culture Department in Badghis said that they are not in favor of the closed girls’ schools, and in the near future schools will be reopened for girls.

“The government is not in favor of the closed girls’ schools and discussion continues for the reopening of schools,” said Baz Mohammad Sarwre, head of the Information and Culture department in Badghis.

It has been more than one year since schools were closed for girls and efforts are ongoing to reopen girls’ schools above the sixth grade in the country.

Meanwhile, The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that efforts are ongoing to reopen girls’ schools above the sixth grade in the country.

“Efforts are ongoing in the nation to address this issue, and with God’s help, all issues will be resolved,” Mujahid said.

However, several tribal elders in Paktia province expressed concern over the ongoing closure of girls’ schools above the sixth grade and urged the Islamic Emirate to reopen girls’ schools as soon as possible.

They added that their daughters are impatiently waiting for their schools to reopen.

“Girls are at home, disappointed. The people are in need of education, and separate schools for girls and boys should be created within the guidelines of Islam so that girls and boys can learn,” said Haji Awal Khan, a tribal elder in Paktia.

“When the schools in Gardiz reopened, the locals were thrilled, but when they closed again, they were sad. For the benefit of the people, we request that the Islamic Emirate reopen the schools,” said Haji Gullabuddin, another tribal elder.

According to tribal elders, in the current situation women’s education is needed more than at any other time, and the Islamic Emirate must remove all obstacles in the way of women’s education.

“Learning is necessary for the prosperity of the country. Our hope is that schools should be reopened,” stated Gul Zaman, a tribal elder from Paktia.

“All Paktia residents want the gates of all schools to be opened as soon as possible,” said Ali Mohammad Gardizi, a tribal elder in Paktia.

“Girls should have the right to study so that this country advances,” said Ahmad Faizi, another tribal elder.

Some girls’ schools in the province of Paktia were reopened over a month ago, but they were quickly closed again. Protests both inside and across the country were sparked by the closing of these schools.

 

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