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UNICEF again calls for the reopening of girls’ schools

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(Last Updated On: May 13, 2022)

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has once again called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to open the doors of schools to girls above the sixth grade.

During his visit to Paktia, Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan, also promised to distribute books to students and establish local school classes for girls in Zurmat district.

Meanwhile, female students and educators in Paktia province say high school girls are still eagerly awaiting the start of school.

About two months have passed since the beginning of the school year in the country, but the education process in the country has not started yet.

UNICEF, among other international organizations, is concerned about the situation and calls on the IEA to open schools for teenage girls.

“We are very concerned on behalf of UNICEF. The current situation has prevented girls from going to school. We are also talking about this with the IEA so that schools can be opened as soon as possible,” said Ayoya.

During his visit to Paktia, Ayoya also said that they will take necessary measures to meet the demand of students for textbooks in remote areas of the province and to establish local schools for girls in Zurmat district.

“We have helped distribute books in the past and we are continuing to do so. This year we have published 28 million books that will be distributed to students, and we will also be distributing them in the district,” said Ayoya.

“We have established more than 50 local schools for girls in Zurmat district,” he added.

A few days ago, Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate in Khost province, assured that girls above the sixth grade would be allowed to go to school again in the near future.

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Bayat Foundation provides aid packages to flood victims in Takhar 

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(Last Updated On: June 30, 2022)

In ongoing efforts to help at-risk Afghans, the Bayat Foundation this week provided life-saving aid packages to flood-hit families in Mawara-ye Kokcha area in Takhar province. 

Bayat Foundation officials in the northeastern part of the country said Thursday that the aid packages, including flour, rice and oil, were distributed to needy families after a survey was conducted.

The flood victims welcomed the shipment of aid from Bayat Foundation, and called on other organizations and businessmen to help them as soon as possible.

Two people were killed in the recent floods in six districts of Takhar, while hundreds of houses and thousands of acres of land were destroyed and hundreds of livestock lost.

Bayat Foundation is one of the largest charitable organizations in the country, and continuously helps victims of natural disasters.

Last week, Bayat Foundation also sent three consignments of aid to Paktika and Khost provinces. The aid was distributed to quake-hit victims. Foundation officials say they are determined to provide more assistance to needy families across the country.

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Issue of girls’ education raised at gathering of religious scholars in Kabul

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At least one participant at a major gathering of religious scholars in Kabul on Thursday called for secondary schools for girls to reopen.

“They will learn and will be a good guide for their children in society,” said Sayed Nasrullah Waizi, from central Bamiyan province, as he called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to reopen girls’ schools.

He said that education will help prevent moral and administrative corruption.

IEA’s Acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund meanwhile said in his speech at the gathering that the meeting was aimed at addressing challenges and strengthening the administration.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is trying to solve all problems … this government has been reached after a lot of sacrifice, we should work together to strengthen it,” Akhund said.

Around 3,500 religious scholars and tribal leaders are at the event which is expected to run for three days.

It comes as Afghanistan is in a deep economic crisis as billions in central bank reserves have been frozen and international sanctions enforced on the banking sector after the IEA seized power.

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Pakistan-administered Kashmir gives 100 million rupees for Afghan quake victims

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Prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir has approved 100 million rupees ($484,000) for last week’s earthquake victims in Afghanistan, it was reported Thursday.

Kashmir’s cabinet and top bureaucracy also donated one month’s salary for the relief of the people of Afghanistan, Pakistani newspaper The News reported.

Sardar Tanveer Ilyas, the prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, said that the people of Pakistan and Kashmir are saddened by the loss of life and property caused by the recent earthquake in Afghanistan.

He said, in this hour of sorrow, the people of Pakistan and Kashmir stand with their brothers.

He said that a delegation representing the government of Kashmir will go to Afghanistan to deliver aid.

More than 1,000 people were killed in the 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan’s eastern provinces of Paktika and Khost on June 22. Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed.

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