On March 24, girls of all ages were supposed to return to school in Afghanistan. However, the authorities did not allow girls of grade 7 and above to return to school, announcing instead that a decision will be made in the future on whether girls from grade 7 and above will be able to go to school without specifying a timeframe. This has spread sadness and shockwaves both in and outside the country for those hopeful about the future of girls education in Afghanistan. Pressure is being put on the authorities to reverse their decision and allow all girls of all ages to go to school.
This development did not have an immediate effect on our work in Kaldar, which is an education project focused on girls from a younger age category. Female teachers have been able to come to work and girls have returned to the school which was renovated through a HealthProm project last year. We at HealthProm are as ever supportive of girls education in Afghanistan and hopeful that the decision will be reversed.