ISLAMABAD (NWN) — Schools for girls in grades 7 to 12 have reopened in Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city, residents said on Monday, a local change in the Taliban’s bar on classes for girls of that age. appears to be.
Since seizing power nearly three months ago, the Taliban have been under international pressure to allow all girls to attend school. There was no immediate confirmation from Taliban officials that the girls were allowed to return to Herat, a city in the country’s west, but parents there said their girls had been attending classes for the past two days. Was being
Families said at least 26 schools for girls above grade six had reopened in the city of Herat. So far, none have been known to reopen elsewhere in the province, also known as Herat.
Mohammad Rafique Siddiqui, a resident of Herat, said that his two daughters of class 8 and 9 are very happy to be back. He said he felt relieved after weeks of worry.
“I suffered ten times more than my daughters when they couldn’t go to school,” he said.
The first time they were in power, from 1996 to 2001, the radical Taliban banned all women and girls from school and work. The increase in girls’ school attendance and women in the workforce was considered one of the main achievements of the last 20 years under the US-backed government.
Ever since the Taliban overthrew that government on 15 August, the international community has refused to recognize the Taliban government unless it met a list of demands including respect for women’s rights and schooling for girls. Does it The newly ruling Taliban has allowed boys of all grades to return to school, but only girls in primary school and women in private universities to continue. Adolescent girls aged 12 to 17 were not allowed to return.
The new Taliban government has said some form of education will be allowed for girls and women, but has not given a time frame or clarified which education facilities will be allowed.
The Taliban governor’s office in Herat and the Department of Education did not respond to repeated requests from the Associated Press for comment on the situation in the city.
But residents were happy to see their girls back in the classroom. Mohammad Asif said that he was upset for weeks that his 8th grade sister was unable to attend.
“I want all girls to be able to study and be educated to serve this country along with men,” he said.