On World Children’s Day, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai advocated for reopening schools for girls beyond the sixth grade in Afghanistan.
On Monday, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed hope on his social media platform Twitter, in commemoration of November 20th, celebrated worldwide as Universal Children’s Day, that every child in the country is granted the undeniable right to education.
Mr Karzai wrote, “I hope that all our children, both girls and boys, receive education throughout the country and enjoy this fundamental right so that our nation can have a bright and prosperous future.”
This year, Universal Children’s Day has arrived in Afghanistan, and it remains the only country in the world with educational restrictions for women.
The former President of the country has called for the reopening of girls’ schools, which have been banned for at least 800 days.
The ban on educating girls beyond the sixth grade has faced widespread backlash from the citizens of Afghanistan and countries worldwide since the interim government took power.
Despite more than two years since the closure of girls’ schools, no measures have been taken to reopen them.
The interim government authorities have consistently claimed that these educational restrictions for girls are temporary. Still, after two years of closing girls’ schools, they have not announced a precise date for lifting these restrictions.