The Afghan Taliban has vowed to meet the international community’s demand for girls ‘education, saying it hopes to be able to open all girls’ schools across the country by the end of March.

According to the Associated Press, The Taliban, which took power in mid-August, has so far barred most girls above the seventh grade from going to school, but significant progress has been made.

Taliban's Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has said that we are not against education; file photo: AP

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban government and deputy minister of culture and information, said the education department was considering opening educational institutions for all girls and women in Afghanistan’s new school year, which begins March 21.

Zabihullah Mujahid says the real issue in the education of girls and women is talent.

He said that girls and boys should get separate education in school. No, the school needs separate buildings.

Zabihullah Mujahid said in no uncertain terms that we are not against education.

The Taliban’s orders have so far been different in each province, except for 10 out of 34 provinces in the country where girls above 7th grade were not allowed to go to government schools in the rest of the country.

Private universities and high schools in the capital Kabul are open non-stop, mostly small and with separate classes for boys and girls.

Zabihullah Mujahid said that by the end of the year we are trying to overcome this problem so that schools and universities can open.

However, the international community is skeptical of the Taliban’s announcement that it will test the Taliban on their actions rather than their words.

Due to the severe cold in Afghanistan, disruption in the supply of essential services, and difficulties in the uninterrupted supply of electricity, people are forced to burn wood and coal to escape the cold.

Most of the 3 million victims are Afghans living as refugees in their own country because they left their homes because of war, famine, poverty, or fear of the Taliban.

Earlier this month, the United Nations called for $5 billion in aid for Afghanistan, the largest aid appeal to Afghanistan since the US withdrawal.

The United States has spent $154 billion rebuilding Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and the 2001 invasion.

Zabihullah Mujahid has appealed to the general public for help in establishing economic cooperation, trade, and stronger ties.

However, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for economic growth in Afghanistan, saying that money needs to be poured into the Afghan economy so that millions can be saved from poverty, hunger, and misery.

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