Nadim says Islamic Emirate not Against education

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Following concerns over the ban on women’s education and working, Neda Mohammad Nadim, the acting minister of higher education, said the Islamic Emirate is not against education in the country.

Speaking at a conference, Nadim emphasized the need for advancing contemporary sciences in the country for the development and self-sufficiency of Afghanistan.

“If we want a free and independent country, we must attain self-sufficiency in the sphere of modern sciences and higher education, which we are committed to,” the higher education minister said.

Meanwhile, Markus Potzel, the UN deputy special envoy for Afghanistan, discussed the negative impacts of the Islamic Emirate’s recent decision to ban women from working and attending school.

“A part of the Taliban leadership appears either not to comprehend the chilling consequences of these latest decisions or they are indifferent to the suffering of millions of ordinary Afghans,” Potzel said in an interview with the Washington Post.

“When they took my work from me, I sat at home and couldn’t create a job for myself, and being at home made me sick and depressed,” said Manizha, a former employee of an NGO.

“A Muslim woman can work by observing Islamic hijab if the work environment is appropriate for them,” said Abdul Samad, an expert of religious studies.

“In a society where a woman gets an education, it means a family is educated and a family makes progress,” said Hasenat, a student.

This comes as the current government has consistently said that it is committed to ensuring that women participate socially and economically in society and that recent decisions are not permanent, and women will be given the right to work and pursue an education once a complete Sharia condition is established.—Tolo news