Taliban refuse girls to continue school – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

The Taliban have already closed schools in four districts of Jawzjan province. This is stated by Director of Education Abdul Rahim Salari to the renowned website Pajhwok.

Jawzjan is located in the far north of Afghanistan and borders, among other places, Faryab province, where Norwegian soldiers served until 2012.

Local authorities have unsuccessfully tried to negotiate with the Taliban via older tribal leaders.

According to Unicef, 3.7 million Afghan children are still uneducated. 60 percent of them are girls. But a majority of the population wants girls to get an education.
Foto: Rahmat Gul / AP

The girls are protesting

Several of the girls have stood up to the Taliban.

– Education is in itself a holy war, to which we are committed. We get to know ourselves through education. Without knowing ourselves and the world around us, we can not develop into perfect Muslims, says Kainat Haideri to Pajhwok.

But one of the teachers says that he must ask local Taliban commanders for permission to teach at the school.

They can not even comment on the situation at a total of 65 schools in the two districts he knows without permission from the rebel movement.

The teacher chooses to remain anonymous.

Girls from a class in elementary school in Kabul have fun while their classmates sit around. There are many self-confident girls in Afghanistan. But they quickly encounter traditional values ​​and expectations. This is not primarily due to the Taliban.
Foto: Rahmat Gul / AP

The Taliban denies it

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied in a statement via WhatsApp that they had imposed any restrictions on education for girls in Jawzjan province.

There are a total of over 400 schools in the area, and around 40 percent of them are for girls.

In talks with the United States on the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country, the Taliban have repeatedly assured that they support education for girls.

But one thing is what the political leadership that wants political influence says in negotiations.

Another thing is what the commanders on the ground say and do.


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