The Taliban Ministry of Education stated on Saturday that a Turkish humanitarian institution has committed to establishing five religious seminaries in various provinces of Afghanistan.
Habibullah Agha, the Taliban Minister of Education, and Sheikh Mohammad Toran, the organization’s head, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kabul, the Afghan capital, according to the statement.
The minister welcomed the initiative by Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) as a “major step” and he stated that the ministry will offer all of the available facilities required for the project’s implementation.
Each of these four-class religious seminaries will be established at a cost of $25,000 throughout five provinces, according to the ministry’s statement.
The organization would build five religious schools in five different provinces of the country in accordance with the MoU. Each school will feature four classrooms, a perimeter wall, a mosque, a drinking water supply system, and other necessary amenities, the ministry stated in a statement.
It is worth noting that after the Taliban took power, the number of religious schools built surged in many areas of Afghanistan, with specific emphasis placed on the construction and refurbishment of religious institutions.
At the same time, about half of Afghanistan’s schools have been closed, and girls in grades above the sixth have been barred from attending since the group took control.
This comes as a number of women gathered in Kabul once again to renew the call on reopening girls’ schools, while the Taliban has deprived them of receiving education for over 400 days.