More than 60 female students have graduated from a professional training center in Kabul.
Many young women turned to learning craft skills after the girls’ schools above grade six were closed.
The students meanwhile called on the Islamic Emirate to reopen the schools for female students in grade 7-12.
“The Islamic Emirate closed schools for the girls. We call on the Islamic Emirate to reopen the schools as soon as possible,” said Najiba, a student.
“We want our rights (education) under any kind of situation. We want to graduate from school or university as we did today,” said Aisha, a student.
The participants in the graduation ceremony also urged the current government to reopen schools for girls beyond grade six.
“We hope the schools for girls be reopened soon and the officials of the Islamic Emirate pay attention to this,” said Samiullah Stanikzai, head of a people's union in Arzan Kimat area of Kabul city.
“The center had two parts, handicrafts and tailoring. Our sisters have been trained over the past months,” said Ahmad Gul, leader of a local community.