With schools gates shut, many Afghan girls are turning to madrasas for education

With school gates being closed by the Taliban, some parents have found an alternative avenue of education for their daughters: madrasas. According to Reuters, madrasas across Afghanistan have haven a sharp increase in enrolments, some up to %40. 

Madrasas, traditionally housed in mosques in rural areas, are dedicated to Islamic teachings, meaning students have no prospects for academic recognitions.

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15-year-old Mahtab, who has enrolled at a madrasa in Kabul, quoted by Reuters saying “I wanted to be an engineer in the future. I don’t think I can reach my dream.”

Despite intense lobbying and appeals by country officials, the UN and human rights organisations, the Taliban has refused to reverse its bans on girls studying beyond primary schools. 

It is unclear whether primary schools will be allowed to operate after the winter break