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Children’s charity launches campaign to fund primary education for girls in Afghanistan

Street Child, an international children’s charity, has launched a campaign to fund primary school education for girls in Afghanistan.

The Taliban banned girls from studying beyond primary schools and have imposed heavy restrictions on the country’s eduction sector.

Street Child has said it is committed to work with organisations inside Afghanistan to keep providing education to young girls despite challenges.

The British charity, which has been active in Afghanistan for 25 years, says that £100 ($128) will fund a girl’s primary education for a whole year.

Street Child says it has provided educational support to nearly a million children around the world.

In July, as part of Street Child’s campaign, the charity will have an appeal on BBC Radio 4 in which will highlight the need for funding to support the charity’s work in girls’ primary education in Afghanistan.

The funds raised will be channelled to Street Child’s local partners who are on the ground and working hard to deliver education for young boys and girls.

Tom Dannatt, CEO and Founder of Street Child, said: “Our view is that education is a fundamental right for all children, regardless of their gender. We believe that every child has the right to an education, and we are committed to working with our partners in Afghanistan to ensure that girls have the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential.”

Dannatt added: “Keeping children and their families safe is the centre pillar of Street Child’s work: all children have a right to be safe and safeguarded from risks, especially those which impact their ability to attend school.”