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UNICEF: Afghan Girls Have Lost '3 Billion Learning-Hours'

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that girls in Afghanistan have lost three billion "learning-hours" by being barred from school.

It has been a thousand days since girls above the sixth grade in Afghanistan have been able to attend secondary school.

Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director, said: “For 1.5 million girls, this systematic exclusion is not only a blatant violation of their right to education, but also results in dwindling opportunities and deteriorating mental health. The rights of children, especially girls, cannot be held hostage to politics. Their lives, futures, hopes and dreams are hanging in the balance.”

"Today we are witnessing many consequences. Forced and underage marriages have increased, if it continues like this, all families will want their daughters to seek their fortune. We hope that the Islamic Emirate government will pay attention and open the closed doors," Tafsir Syahposh, a women’s rights activist, told TOLOnews.

Meanwhile, female students once again urged the Islamic Emirate to reopen the secondary and high schools for girls.

Freshta, like thousands of other girls who have been deprived of education and are now learning the art of painting, told TOLOnews: "A thousand days have passed, but we couldn't go to school and achieve our goals. This causes us to consider migration."

"When my brother goes to school and has free access to his lessons; seeing this makes me upset and even cry," said Muhadessa, a girl deprived of education.

On September 17, 2022, the Islamic Emirate ordered all secondary and high schools for girls to remain closed until further notice.

UNICEF: Afghan Girls Have Lost '3 Billion Learning-Hours'

It has been a thousand days since girls above the sixth grade in Afghanistan have been able to attend secondary school.

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The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that girls in Afghanistan have lost three billion "learning-hours" by being barred from school.

It has been a thousand days since girls above the sixth grade in Afghanistan have been able to attend secondary school.

Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director, said: “For 1.5 million girls, this systematic exclusion is not only a blatant violation of their right to education, but also results in dwindling opportunities and deteriorating mental health. The rights of children, especially girls, cannot be held hostage to politics. Their lives, futures, hopes and dreams are hanging in the balance.”

"Today we are witnessing many consequences. Forced and underage marriages have increased, if it continues like this, all families will want their daughters to seek their fortune. We hope that the Islamic Emirate government will pay attention and open the closed doors," Tafsir Syahposh, a women’s rights activist, told TOLOnews.

Meanwhile, female students once again urged the Islamic Emirate to reopen the secondary and high schools for girls.

Freshta, like thousands of other girls who have been deprived of education and are now learning the art of painting, told TOLOnews: "A thousand days have passed, but we couldn't go to school and achieve our goals. This causes us to consider migration."

"When my brother goes to school and has free access to his lessons; seeing this makes me upset and even cry," said Muhadessa, a girl deprived of education.

On September 17, 2022, the Islamic Emirate ordered all secondary and high schools for girls to remain closed until further notice.

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