Millions of Afghan girls, still not attending school

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Around 1.2 million girls of school age are not attending schools, according to Catherine Mbengue, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative in Afghanistan. Although over 6 million children are back to school at the start of a new school year. But still there are lot of work to make all conditions are met so that schools are friendly to girls.

Catherine stated that there may be so many reasons why children are not attending school due to lack of teachers, schools sited close to families, educational materials and security. To address the challenges associated with education in Afghanistan, UN agencies, in collaboration with the Government, are involved in the construction of schools, teacher training programmes and the provision of textbooks and other materials. Some 3,000 community-based schools were built last year by the Ministry, with the support of UNICEF, for over 140,000 children living in remote areas who have limited access to formal schools.

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