In light of the fact that today marks one year after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the non-governmental organization Educo has voiced its worry about the absence of secondary education opportunities for Afghan girls. The NGO’s head, Pilar Orenes, worries that “the fact that girls can only have access to primary school education will mark their future and also the future of the country.”
The Taliban government made the decision to prevent females from continuing their education on March 23 of last year. Orenes argues that preventing girls from going to school poses several dangers, such as forced marriage, exploitation, and abuse. “For girls, this new regime is having terrible consequences for their present, but sadly, it will also affect their future.” “Forced not to enjoy their right to education, they are repeating the same experience as their mothers in the first Taliban regime.”
During the six months that the Taliban ruled Kabul, the city’s schools were shuttered. When it comes to secondary education, doors open back up for boys only. For males, the situation isn’t much better throughout the nation. About 4 million children, both male and female, have abandoned their education. More than double that number, or 8 million, are in dire need of humanitarian relief. As of right now, Afghanistan is on the edge of economic collapse due to the deterioration of the situation over the last year. Compared to 2019, when 54% of the population was poor, 97% is projected to be poor in 2022.
More than a thousand individuals, most of whom are children, have benefited from the Cash for Food program in the rural districts of Robat e Sangi. The program is primarily helping 180 homes managed by women. A staggering 71.1% of the individuals who took part in this project were dealing with severe levels of hunger, and almost all of the participants were hungry to begin with.
Distributing cash was meant to put a stop to harmful practices like borrowing money repeatedly to purchase food, reducing spending on health and education, and selling off household goods like furniture and appliances to make ends meet. In light of this, a monthly cash payout of 80 euros per household was instituted. This amount is based on the average amount of food a family needs, the number of people who live there, and the costs, even though prices are always going up.