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ATROAfghan Teachers' Rights Observatory


Anonymous, female teacher

I want to give information about the problems of professors, especially women professors.

Throughout the history of Afghanistan, it has been considered among the countries of the world that education and training has not progressed to the extent that was essential and necessary.

As a teacher, I have seen many problems with my own eyes. In the republican system, my life and that of all female teachers was in danger. Teachers were threatened with death and acid was thrown on them. There were no standard training centres for teachers or schools. There were very few girls’ schools, there was no safe and healthy environment for teaching. In most of the remote provinces and districts, there were not even any girls’ schools. No one was given the right to education.

When the republican system fell and the Emirate seized power, these problems became more and more present than ever. The gates of all girls’ schools above the sixth grade were closed, and to this day, it is not known what will happen to the teachers who were teaching in these schools. All of them are in a bad economic situation, all women in Afghanistan, especially the teachers, have been deprived of all their rights and until today their identity is not recognised.

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