Jamileh Kharrazi

Despite Progress, More Work is Necessary

Women at American University of Afghanistan study and learn with their male peers. Via AUAF


Violence is an unfortunate part of life for many Afghani children. Ongoing conflict has destroyed much of the nation’s education and healthcare infrastructure. Militants often target schools for terrorist attacks, striking fear into many parent’s hearts. Hundreds of Afghani schools have been closed following violent attacks in the past few years. Unfortunately, this disturbing trend seems to be getting worse.

As a result of the ongoing conflict, only a small portion of Afghanistan’s schools have enough resources to properly educate students. The country is also suffering a critical teacher shortage, largely due to a lack of educated adults.

Young girls in Afghanistan face even greater challenges when it comes to getting an education. In fact, only about one out of every five Afghan girls finishes primary school. Rates go down even further for secondary education.  Unfortunately, Afghanistan now has the world’s lowest female literacy rate.

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