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UNICEF to expand 21,000 classes for children across Afghanistan

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has said that it is expanding its country-wide community-based education classes throughout 2023 to reach thousands of children, particularly girls who are effectively barred from secondary school by the Taliban since September 2021.

Previously, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell had called this decision by the Taliban de facto authorities “unjustified and shortsighted” which marked in the steady erosion of girls’ rights in the country.

In a series of tweets on May 15, UNICEF stated that it supports 466 community-based classes in the central Bamyan province where 9,400 children are taught through accelerated learning centers.

To help the affected girls, some activists and organizations set up alternative schools as well as established online classes to teach secondary and high school subjects.

Taliban officials have constantly said that the ban on girls’ secondary education is “temporary” but it falls short of any positive expectation to create conditions to resolve the ban.