‘Education under fire in Afghanistan’

There seems to be no end to the attacks on the schools and education in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, as a response to such a heinous objective, there are no tangible measures carried out by the authorities to deal with the situation appropriately. Through a giant machination, endeavors are underway to dishearten the efforts that are made to elevate the level of education in the country.
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in a new report released on Tuesday said that attack on schools in Afghanistan has been tripled in 2018 in compare to 2017. The number of incidents rose from 68 in 2017 to 192 last year — the first time an increase has been recorded since 2015.
“Education is under fire in Afghanistan,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said. “The senseless attacks on schools; the killing, injury and abduction of teachers; and the threats against education are destroying the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of children.”
One possible reason behind the rise in attacks, according to the UN agency, is that school buildings served as polling centers during last year’s parliamentary elections.
UNICEF said around 3.7 million Afghan children — about half the country’s school-age population — were missing out on formal education. 
About 60% of them were girls. It also said security threats from groups such as the Taliban and the Daesh have forced more than 1,000 schools across the country to remain closed.
Though Afghanistan has suffered through most part of its history regarding education, an improvement has been on the way after the downfall of Taliban. However, an analysis of the current situation clearly depicts that the future of education in Afghanistan may face serious challenges. It is pathetic to note that the haters of education – the ones who mostly themselves have obsolete ideas – are able to achieve easy success.
In the current situation, education is under attack in various ways, the most dominant of which is the mysterious poisoning of the students, abducting of teachers and prevention of girls from schools. The culprits of these incidents have to be brought to justice not just because these incidents are in-humane and against the law, but because they have the filthy intention of keeping the children away from education, which will cost the country much in the times to come.
All the discussed incidents clearly show that Taliban and the parochial groups in Afghanistan have launched a serious war against education (especially girls’ education) and development. They know that by attacking the education sector they can really hamper Afghanistan from bringing about real changes.
However, it is satisfying news to note that there are many people who are aware of such heinous designs and they are even ready to raise arms against them and event government has deployed forces to secure schools for boys and girls, but the role of local elders and influential remain pivotal.
Besides elders, meanwhile it is the rule of law that should govern Afghanistan and make it governable not the barrels of guns. A belligerent culture will ultimately result into chaos and civil war and that is what the enemies of education want.

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