Photo: Fran Equiz via Twitter

UNICEF: Afghanistan needs more girls in school

Fran Equiza, UNICEF’s newly appointed representative for Afghanistan, has emphasized the need for more girls to attend school in the country, and UNICEF’s commitment to supporting their education.

Equiza visited a primary school in Helmand, where he met enthusiastic young girls eager to learn. “Afghanistan needs more girls in school,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

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“UNICEF in Afghanistan is committed to supporting them to continue their education and fulfil their dreams,” Equiza said.

The Taliban’s return to power has resulted in the closure of schools and universities for girls and has prevented them from taking university entrance exams. The group has also prohibited women from working in NGOs.