Calls for Afghan girls’ schools to reopen amid Intl focus on illiteracy

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The International Literacy Day on September 8 comes as Afghan girls above sixth grade are still not allowed to attend school for more than a year.

World Literacy Day is celebrated with special ceremonies in various countries.

Meanwhile, citizens said that literacy and education is very important in the current situation and they asked the Islamic Emirate to reopen girls’ schools as soon as possible.

“The school was a hope for them. Today they are sitting at home and they are seriously impacted. It has harmed their mental health. I am asking all Islamic authorities to kindly open the gates of the schools,” said Nafisa Ghiasi, a schoolteacher.

“This is very upsetting, because the mother of the community should be literate. When the mother of a community is illiterate, what will happen to her child in the future?” said Ghezala, a student.

“We experienced a lot of difficulties in the past, but we learned a lot and we see the value of it today,” said Masoud Siddiqi, chancellor of a private university.

“It’s quite concerning that girls can’t study above sixth grade,” said Shuhra, a student. The 8th of September has been recognized as World Literacy Day by UNESCO.

According to statistics, more than 4 million children in the country are unable to attend school, and in Afghanistan the majority of the population is illiterate, with a 62% illiteracy rate.

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