The Taliban have indefinitely postponed school for all Afghan girls over the age of 12 since September 2021. A year later, they suspended university education for women until further notice.
Presently, 80% of school-aged Afghan girls and young women – 2.5 million people are out of school. And, over 100,00 female students are deprived of higher education.
UNESCO has dedicated January 24, the International Day of Education, to Afghan girls and young women in Afghanistan.
Since August 2021, UNESCO has shifted its interventions to ensure continuity of education through community-based literacy and skills development classes for over 25,000 youth and adults, including 60% women and adolescent girls in 20 provinces. Its advocacy campaign “Literacy for a Brighter Future” reached out to over 20 million Afghans to increase public awareness of the right to education for youth and adults, especially women and adolescent girls.
UNESCO is also working on an education data monitoring initiative to ensure reliable data so that education partners channel funding to the most critical and unmet education needs.
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