UNESCO and UNICEF said - closure of Afghan girls' school is a violation of the fundamental right to education
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said the closure of Afghan girls' schools violates the fundamental right to education. UNESCO Director-General André Azoulay said in a statement that if girls' schools remain closed, it will violate the fundamental right of girls and women to education, Tolo News reported.
Azole said, "UNESCO has warned that if girls are not allowed to go to school, there will be irreversible consequences." In particular, girls' delayed return to secondary school may put them at risk of being left behind in education and life. This increases the risk of being dropped out of education altogether and the risk of child marriage. This can further widen the learning inequalities between boys and girls and ultimately hinder girls' access to higher education and life opportunities.'
UNESCO and UNICEF both said that Afghanistan has made significant gains in education, especially in the education of girls, and should be protected, Tolo News reported. Azole said that educated boys and girls will shape the future of Afghanistan and they should equally take advantage of their right to education.
Meanwhile, UNICEF has also expressed its concern over the education of Afghan girls. Welcoming the gradual reopening of schools, UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said in a statement: "We are deeply concerned that many girls may not be allowed to return at this time." Fore said the girls should not be left behind and called for a solution to the problem.