Recent News and Insights from Afghanistan

Dare to Educate Afghan Girls | Shabana Basij-Rasikh

Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family’s decision to believe in their daughters — and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats.

Brookings Institution: Expanding and improving the quality of girls’ education in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has the highest level of gender disparity in primary education in the world, with only 71 girls in primary school for every 100 boys. Only 21 percent of girls complete primary education,largely due to cultural barriers, such as early marriage and a lack of female teachers. Further barriers are embodied in long and dangerous routes to schools and a lack of sanitation facilities and surrounding walls once there…read more

GWBPC. Mrs. Laura Bush meets with the First Lady of Afghanistan at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Photo by Grant MIller

A New Day in Afghanistan

Mrs. Ghani stressed the start of a new day in Afghanistan. While keenly aware of Afghanistan’s ongoing challenges, she said too many news reports reaching the West focus on failures, rather than the many successes taking place inside a country that only 13 years ago began to emerge from years of occupation, war, and the harsh rule of the Taliban…read more

Learn More About Educating Girls in Afghanistan

The following resources provide more information and background related to Sahar’s work in Afghanistan.

The United Nations Reports

The following reports provide excellent insights into the overall living conditions in Afghanistan and Specific data related to women’s issues.

Early Marriage Reports & Resources

To learn more about the child and early marriage in Afghanistan and other areas of the world, we suggest these resources:

Ministry of Education in Afghanistan

Sahar works closely with the Afghan Ministry of Education to build capacity for girls education. Learn more about the work of the MoE on their website and in this UNESCO report.

  • Link to Ministry of Education website
  • UNESCO – On the Road to Resilience: Capacity Development with the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan – 2011