Recent fighting between Afghan security forces and armed opposition groups has destroyed a girls’ high school in Faryab province in Northern Afghanistan, according to Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) report.
According to the report, the destruction of the school has robbed more than 3,000 students of their classrooms.
“The recent fighting shows yet again the high risks and dangers for students in Afghanistan wanting to receive an education,” said Astrid Sletten, Afghanistan Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). “All parties to the conflict must protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools.”
Jan Bibi Uoz Bashi Girls’ High School was recently rehabilitated by NRC with funding from Norway.
“This fighting has cruelly disrupted the education of more than 3,000 girls who attend the school daily. Ongoing attacks on schools across the country threaten to reverse the tremendous gains made on girls’ education in recent decades,” said Sletten.
Norwegian Refugee Council carries out informal education programmes for children and youth from displaced families as well as the host communities.