Going to school – a privilege?

March 9th, 2023 by Emily Zoellner

Have you ever wondered how nice it would be if we weren’t forced to go to school? Well, actually us being “forced” to go to school is a privilege. While we whine about having to get up early in the morning and having to study there are girls all around the world that dream about our alleged problems.

An example of that is the by Taliban captured Afghanistan. The recent events in Afghanistan have brought to light the urgent need to address the learning crisis and promote girls’ education in the country. Afghanistan has been facing a significant education crisis for decades, with low levels of literacy rates and limited access to education, particularly for girls.

Prior to the Taliban’s takeover, there were some positive developments in increasing access to education for girls in Afghanistan. However, the country still had a long way to go in achieving gender parity in education. According to UNICEF, only 37% of Afghan girls were enrolled in primary school, and just 12% were enrolled in secondary school.

The Taliban’s previous regime had banned girls from attending school and imposed strict restrictions on women’s rights and freedoms. While the Taliban have made some assurances that they will allow girls to attend school, many are concerned about the situation’s uncertainty and the potential for significant restrictions on girls’ education.

The Taliban’s takeover has already forced many girls and young women to drop out of school, either because their schools have been closed or

because their families are afraid to send them to school due to the uncertain security situation. This situation is not just a setback for girls’ education but will also have long-term implications for the development of Afghanistan.

It is crucial to address this crisis and promote girls’ education in Afghanistan. This will require significant investment in education infrastructure, teacher training, and support for families to enable them to send their daughters to school. It will also require political will and international support to ensure that girls’ education remains a priority in Afghanistan.

Investing in girls’ education is not just a moral imperative; it is also an investment in the country’s future. Educated girls are more likely to contribute to their communities, have healthier families, and contribute to the country’s economic growth. By promoting girls’ education in Afghanistan, we can help break the cycle of poverty and promote a brighter future for all Afghans.

But all those things are impossible to achieve without our help. Make a change by signing petitions, taking part in demonstrations, or even donating (if you are able to). You don’t have to move mountains to help. Even if you only inform people about these issues and spread your knowledge it is better than just sitting in our comfortable homes watching the news but not doing anything. We are the future, and we need to fix what the older generations broke. In what world do you want your children to grow up? Certainly, not the one we have right now.

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