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ATROAfghan Teachers' Rights Observatory

Testimony

Abdul, a male teacher for 15 years in a boys’ school in Balkh

I am proud of being a teacher because we have a sacred duty, but we are not considered with respect. The salary is inadequate, and our wages have been cut by 1,000 Afghani, and living costs are huge, hindering our ability to teach effectively.

The constant fear of contract termination adds stress. Every day we fear that we can be dismissed the next day.

The policy of not rehiring former employees exacerbates the uncertainty of our profession. A teacher's salary falls short of sustaining a decent life. There should at least be benefits such as shopping discounts, money-saving services, and free insurance protection.

I am also very angry that the girls' schools have been closed, as I firmly believe in every girl's right to education.

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Zuhal was a female teacher for 10 years in a girls’ school in Kabul

We do not have a good social and educational life: my daughters are at home, and I am not allowed to teach. We are deprived of our legal rights.

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Mawlana, a male teacher for 3 years in a secondary boys’ school in Samangan

In recent months, the situation has not been easy. What gives me energy is seeing how important education is for Afghan citizens. I am totally in favour of girls being able to go to school and women being able to teach like men. I am a member of a trade union and I see what they do to defend teachers like me.

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Hasina, a female teacher in a boys’ school in the Badakhashan province

Female teachers are treated as if we were toys or mere pawns. One day, we are asked to sign, and the next day, we are told not to come to school. The frustration witnessed through the eyes of our students is beyond words, filled with sadness and resentment. This has been our reality for a year.

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