Afghanistan's education in terrible state

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 07:03 Written by  Read 102 times

Education, like many other areas in which Afghanistan has had achievements in the about last two decades, is also going into reverse. Not only there have not been any efforts to improve the quality of education, quantity is also slumping.
A new report published by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) paints a grim picture of education in Afghanistan. Published on Sunday, the report has found that nearly half of Afghan children are out of school. These are the children between the age of 7 and 17, who should otherwise be going to school. Girls make up 60 percent of those who have been denied education and 85 percent of girls in Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak, Paktika, Zabul and Uruzgan are out of school. Insecurity has been identified as the main obstacle, but other factors such as displacement, child marriage, and a lack of female teachers and school facilities are found to have also restricted children’s access to education.
The present status of education is a big threat to the future of Afghanistan. It can pose a big challenge for the future when half of the children of a country are deprived of schooling. Today, besides other factors, the low level and quality of education is viewed as the culprit of the ongoing war in the country. Since about two-third of Afghan people are not educated and cannot realize the conspiracies of Afghanistan’s enemies, different sides can use them against their own country and people. This is the very problem that has given foreign countries the chance to turn Afghanistan into a theater of thier proxy wars.
In view of its significance, education should be a top priority for Afghanistan. The government should work in conjunction with the international community to provide the out-of-school children with the opportunity to go to school. Public awareness campaigns can prove effective thereof, but cannot resolve the problem if educational opportunities are not provided. If there is, for example, no school, no awareness campaign can encourage children to go to school. In addition to Afghan government, the militants should also work for the goal. The anti-government elements, especially the Taliban who apparently reject having any opposition to schooling, should allow schools in areas under their control.

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