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Afghanistan: Education

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 148309, tabled on 28 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help (a) prevent the financial collapse of the education system in Afghanistan and (b) ensure that every Afghan child can go to school.

Answered on

31 March 2022

Over the last 20 years the UK has played a key role in ensuring the right of Afghans to an education. There were 8.2 million more children in school in Afghanistan in 2020 compared to 2001 and 38% were girls. This is why the UK deplores the Taliban's decision preventing girls from returning to secondary school. We continue to work with international partners to support Afghan girls in their right to education. We continue to coordinate the education sector response, and provide support to emergency education through the UN humanitarian response plan, and our multilateral investments which deliver community-based education for girls through Education Cannot Wait and the Global Partnership for Education.

With our international partners, we continue to press the Taliban to reverse this decision. The Government has made clear its condemnation of the decision, including through statements from the G7+, female foreign ministers and the UN Security Council. Afghan women, at home and in the UK diaspora, demand that girls' right to education be upheld and we stand with them. As the Prime Minister has said several times, we are working to hold the Taliban to account to ensure that they live up to the promises they have made.

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