Learning is a lifeline: Protecting education for all Afghan children – Afghanistan

All children must have the same opportunities to receive a quality, inclusive and accessible education. On September 18, 2021, de facto rulers in Afghanistan announced the reopening of secondary schools in Afghanistan, but only for boys and only with male teachers. It was said at the time that this was a temporary measure until senior management developed a policy on the participation of women and girls in the education system which would ensure that the school would be a safe environment for girls, it is not clear when this policy will be established and whether it will allow girls to return to school. What is clear is that educating girls cannot wait. Without access to school, girls will be left behind and made more vulnerable without a safe space to learn among their peers.

The education system in Afghanistan is heavily dependent on donor funding – the reduction in donor funding has created a large funding gap. These developments bring considerable gains to children’s access to education, in particular the education of girls at risk. The Policy Brief emphasizes how essential it is for donors to continue and expand immediate and life-saving assistance to children and their families. Education and early learning must be recognized as life-saving and an integral part of development assistance, emergency response and humanitarian action.

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