No better future without girls’ education

Education is one of the most influential tools overcoming poverty and raising standard of living; it produces human capital, one of the scarcest resources, for a nation. Although, Afghanistan has a good progress in the education sector, there is a marked difference between the enrolment rates between males and females in the country.
There are many barriers to female education in Afghanistan. Educating girls is critical for any country, especially for Afghanistan as a developing country, because it can improve its living standard. Also, educating girls, reduce their fertility rates and they can better manage childbearing. 
Under the Taliban rule, which collapsed in late 2001, violence and intimidation were routinely used to prevent girls and women from attending school. At that time, no more than 1 million children attended school, while today, more than 15 million Afghan children go to school, some 40 percent of whom are girls, according to official statistics.
Education sector had a good progress in Afghanistan since the Taliban regime was ousted in 2001. Unfortunately, the pace of education progress, especially for females, saw many challenges. The militants, mainly Taliban has spared no effort to disrupt girls’ education and time and again torched their schools across the country.
In a fresh incident, a school was set on fire by Taliban militants in Shakar Dara district in Kabul Province early on Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. The incident took place at Boyazar Girls High School in Nasiri village in Shakar Dara district, the Interior Ministry’s spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said.
The ministry spokesman said that armed Taliban torched “Boya Zar” a girl’s school in late Monday night around 01:30 am in Nasiri village off Shakar Dara district. Local officials said that hundreds of girls were receiving education at the school.
Indeed, education can play a vital role in development of a country. It enables a country to use the full labor potentials of all of its population that leads to poverty reduction significantly. The education sector of Afghanistan improved rapidly after the US and allies who ousted the Taliban regime.
But different cities in Afghanistan, still experience barbaric attacks of Taliban insurgents who continue targeting places like schools, mosques and shrines. Persistent poison attacks on girls, firing at and rocket attacks on the schools and killing of the students are still occurring quite frequently in many areas of the country.
Indeed, the post-Taliban era is a better opportunity for Afghans to get education. In capital Kabul and other provinces of the country, there are numerous government and private schools and higher education institutes that graduate thousands of students, including girls every year.
The future of Afghanistan depends on how much educated its coming generations would be. The international community is supporting Afghanistan’s education sector forming a feasible environment for Afghans to get education. This is the government that should become serious in addressing challenges ahead of girls’ education in Afghanistan.
Education is the best strategy to liberate women from male domination. Investing in girls’ education is critical to addressing girls’ needs and concerns as well as human rights. Beyond protective security measures, the only way to ensure women’s human rights in Afghanistan and to truly empower women in the long run is through offering primary, secondary, and higher education that will foster literacy, free-thinking, and knowledge of international human rights standards.

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