CAPTION ADDED – Updated information – The girls arrive at their school in Kabul on March 23, 2022. – The Taliban ordered secondary schools for girls in Afghanistan to close on March 23 just hours after they reopened, an official confirmed , sparking confusion and grief over the reversal of policy by the hardline Islamist group. (Photo by Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN/AFP) / CAPTION ADDED (Photo by AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UN global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, has expressed concern over the closure of schools for adolescent girls in Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to respect their education commitments.

In a press release, ECW called on the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to ensure the right to education for children and adolescents throughout Afghanistan so that they support a peaceful and prosperous future for all Afghans.

The press release adds that getting boys and girls back to school is essential for Afghanistan’s development.

“While boys have been able to access primary and secondary school since the Taliban took power in August 2021, girls’ access to education has been limited to primary school in most Afghan provinces. With today’s announcement, an entire generation of Afghan children and adolescents could be left behind. Read the statement.

According to the ECW statement, this was a crucial time for the de facto authorities to deliver on their commitments and it was time to realize the right to education for all girls and boys in Afghanistan.

Schools across Afghanistan reopened on March 23rd but girls higher than 6th gradeand were not allowed to attend classes and were asked to wait until further notice.

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