Noor Zahid VOA News March 26, 2017 The American University of Afghanistan, a prestigious institution of higher education in the country, has just reopened seven months after a deadly terrorist attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 35 others. Among those killed last August were seven students, one professor, three police officers and
Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News March 23, 2017 ISLAMABAD — More than 1,100 children per day could drop out of school in 2017, an international children’s rights organization warned Thursday, the first day of the new Afghan school year. Save the Children cited ongoing violence and instability, a lack of employment opportunities for parents, and an increase
IWPR: Women say they face unremitting harassment in the public sphere. Najla, a 20-year old undergraduate at a private university in Kabul province, is contemplating giving up her degree. She says that continuous sexual harassment on campus has made it nearly impossible to continue with her political science studies. Click here to read more (external link).
Reuters: Afghanistan has ordered a network of schools run by an organization regarded with suspicion by the Turkish government to be transferred to a foundation approved by Ankara, Afghan officials said. The move against Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE), the body that runs the schools, appears to be part of Turkey’s campaign against followers of
Noor Zahid VOA News February 12, 2017 Afghan provincial officials reported a rise in girls’ enrollment rates across eastern Nangarhar Province, despite constant attacks and threats by Islamic State and other militant groups in the area. “Of the 14,000 graduates last year, we had 3,000 girls. This year, 4,000 girls graduated out of the total
Tolo News: Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Tuesday said that there are serious concerns about the lives of between 300,000 and 500,000 Afghan children employed as laborers or work on the streets. The AIHRC stated that the issue of child labor affects hundreds of thousands of children who are deprived of a formal education.
Tolo News: Minister of Education Assadullah Hanif Balkhi said on Sunday a recent study has found that only six million Afghan children are at school – contrary to the 11 million as previously stated by the former government. Afghan government officials from former president Hamid Karzai’s administration said on a number of occasions that over 11
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 11, 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for an additional $11.6 billion to fund the fights against militants in Afghanistan and Iraq. The request seeks an additional $5.8 billion for Pentagon military operations in Afghanistan and for the campaign against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and
Noor Zahid VOA News September 10, 2016 WASHINGTON — Militants are increasingly targeting young professionals, schools, and educated members of society in Afghanistan and neighboring Pashtun areas in Pakistan. Experts say the tactic is aimed at increasing the number of uneducated youth – a prime demographic targeted by militant group recruiters. Hundreds of educated Afghans have
1TV: Sixty-two percent of Afghan population is illiterate and only 38 percent of them are educated, according to the Ministry of Education. Insecurity and instability are the main reasons for high percentage of illiteracy in the country. Critics say, over the past 14 years the Afghan government is failed to improve the literacy. Click here to read