Written By: Tabasum Nasiry
In the aftermath of the suspension of girls’ education in Afghanistan, there has been a significant increase in the creation of online educational programs tailored for girls. Among the champions of this cause is Sumaya Sarfaraz, a committed midwifery student.
She firmly believes that enhancing educational access will contribute to mitigating social crises and play a crucial foundation for peaceful coexistence within the country.
Sumaya Sarfaraz, a 21-year-old who could not complete her university education due to hardships, told Khaama Press News Agency that to empower herself in unfavourable conditions, she has created an educational course named “Sumaya Sarfaraz” over the past year and a half.
According to Sumaya, this educational course has enrolled 250 girls free of charge, many of whom have been deprived of attending school or university. The facilities at this educational centre are limited, and teaching is conducted through WhatsApp and Google Meet.
She addresses the girls in Afghanistan, saying, “Do not give up your efforts,” as she believes that with technology, individuals can overcome limitations and achieve personal growth, awareness, and independence.
Sumaya considers the restrictions of the Taliban administration and internet issues as the most significant challenges this initiative faces. She says, “The Taliban government may not allow women and girls to study again after these two years have passed.” Therefore, girls must adapt to distance education at least until the opportunity for in-person learning is provided.
This comes as thousands of girls in Afghanistan have been deprived of secondary and higher education for over two years.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 80% of eligible school-age girls, totalling 2.5 million girls, are currently deprived of attending school.