On Friday, UNICEF deputy executive, Omar Abdi, at the United Nations General Assembly said that the Taliban is working on a framework to allow girls to attend school in Afghanistan. The decision was taken after four weeks in which Afghan boys have been allowed secondary education. 

UNICEF deputy executive was quoted saying, “The de facto minister of education told us that they are working on a framework, which they will announce soon, that will allow all girls to go to secondary school, and we are expecting that to happen very soon”. 

For weeks now, the Taliban has been assuring that girls would go to school as soon as possible. The Taliban permitted girls to attend primary school from the start, but, for now, have maintained that neither the girls nor their female teachers could return to secondary school.

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Abdi added, “Millions of girls of secondary school age are missing out on education for the 27th consecutive day.” “In all my meetings, the education of girls was the first issue that I raised,” he further said. 

According to media agency AFP, a 14-year-old girl Asma expressed her anger and said to Amnesty International, “Will I be able to go to school or not? This is my biggest concern. I want to learn everything, from the easiest to the hardest subjects. I want to be an astronaut, or an engineer or architect... This is my dream”.

“Education is not a crime. If the Taliban announce that getting an education is a crime, then we will commit this crime. We will not give up,” she added.

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