Education International

ATROAfghan Teachers' Rights Observatory

Testimony

Shakila, a female teacher for over 15 years in a girls’ school in the Balkh province

I have been very unhappy for the last year due to the unsafe situation. Unfortunately, my daughters are currently not allowed to attend school, which badly impacts their morale. As a teacher, I continue to go to school, while my daughters remain at home. This imbalance is unjust, and the situation is taking a toll on all of us.

Furthermore, I have only received partial and irregular portions of my salary, which adds to the challenges we are facing.

Beyond the fundamental right to education for all girls, I strongly believe that teachers should have academic freedom. This would not only contribute to a more equitable educational environment but also empower educators to better fulfill their roles in shaping the future. I hope these issues can be addressed to create a more just and supportive educational system for students and teachers.

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Anonymous, female teacher

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.

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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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Freba, a female teacher in a girls’ school in Balkh

Over the last two years, women in our country have encountered unprecedented restrictions, revealing a stark disregard for our humanity. Through our union we call for improved basic pay, professional autonomy, and enhanced social security.

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