Afghanistan: Aapbeeti – Refusal to leave education despite being forced out of school

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After coming to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban issued orders for girls aged 12 to 18 to stay at home and stop their education. At the same time, with the help of a program supported by the United Nations, girls are being trained in this situation as well. Here girls are teaching their peers until they return to formal schooling.



A year after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, 17-year-old Mursal Fasihi still can’t believe she can’t go back to school. Fasihi, once a promising student, is unable to return to school because of the rules framed by the country’s leaders.

Mursal Fasihi, referring to the instructions like banning women and girls from participating in public life, says that it is not fair that they are taking decisions for us. Ordering us to hide our faces while going with the mahram (a male partner who cannot be married), and stop going to school.

Mursal Fasihi had last seen his school from within, appearing for his class 11 exams in July 2021. A month later, on 15 August, the Taliban took control of the entire country after gaining control of Kabul.

‘I miss my friends, teachers and school’

Mursal Fasihi says some of his friends managed to leave Afghanistan and are now continuing their education abroad. She says that I really miss my friends, teachers and school. My school was great but now I can’t go there. 

Mursal Fasihi’s dream of becoming a doctor may not be sure but his hopes will not be over. To make the most of her time, she has joined the Youth Peer Educators Network (Y-PEER), a regional program supported and led by the United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency – UNFPA.

Y-PEER focuses on building the life skills of the youth who are facing any kind of challenges. Mursal Fasihi joined a training session last July and is now one of Y-PEER’s 25 trainers in Afghanistan. In the training, Mursal Fasihi was made aware of various issues that Afghan youth face daily.

Mursal Fasihi did not know how many girls in the city of Kabul, especially young girls living in poverty or remote areas, were suffering from child marriage and teenage pregnancy.

Increase in poverty and poverty

The rise in poverty in Afghanistan as a result of the economic crisis that came with the return of the Taliban to power has raised many concerns. Many families were forced to marry off their underage daughters out of desperation so that they could be relieved of the responsibility of their care and protection.

Mursal Fasihi tells that it is sad because if a girl herself is a child then how can she bring a child into this world and nurture her? At this age, we are just kids, we should continue our education, aim big. This is not the time for us to get married. 

waiting for the dark clouds to clear

Mursal Fasihi’s desire to pursue a formal education has stalled, but she is finding a new purpose for herself by becoming a peer teacher to other girls. They have been able to share the hope of a better future, apart from making the youth aware of the pitfalls of early marriage and teenage pregnancy.

He told the United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency that when the dark clouds clear, we will see a bright morning. I hope the young girls don’t give up. It is okay to be afraid and cry, but giving up is not an option. I hope she continues to learn somehow. Maybe someone will help us or schools will reopen. Our bright morning will surely come.

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