Banned From School, Afghan Girls Gather in Homes to Learn

The Associated Press reported that women teachers were meeting at unknown locations in Kabul and teaching girls inside homes.

Schools in Afghanistan remain off-limits to many girls between grades 7 and 12, but some girls have continued their lessons at home.  

The Associated Press reported that women teachers were meeting at unknown locations in Kabul and teaching girls inside homes.

“The Taliban allowed just boys to go to schools but don’t allow girls to go to school,” said Atefa, a student  speaking to AP.

“I am a teacher (at) a school. But now, after the coming of Taliban, the schools for girls are closed,” said Zakia, a teacher, “because the students must study, we created a small course at home, so the students come here hiddenly.”

When the Islamic Emirate swept into power, schools and universities were closed. However, schools soon reopened for boys of all ages–as well as for both boys and girls up to grade 6–but girls and young women in grades 7-12 in many provinces are still not allowed to attend school.

“There is still hope. We students will continue our path. We will bravely go forward and will not stop. We will continue our education,” said Asinat, a student who would be in grade 12.

Schools allowing the attendance of girls in grades 7-12 are opened in eight of 34 provinces.

Banned From School, Afghan Girls Gather in Homes to Learn