Institution formed to encourage education of girls in Takhar
Fri Jun 29, 1:28 pm
A new institution called “Maihan” has been established in northern Takhar province to encourage parents to send their daughters to school and to fight against poisoning of schoolgirls in the province.
The members of newly established institution, working voluntarily, visit each village and homes to provide awareness about measures they are taking to combat against the poisoning of schoolgirls in northern Takhar province.
“We have launched an awareness campaign with the cooperation of our colleagues in the villages to inform the families that the government and institutions are their fellows in this struggle. We urge all families to send their daughters to schools without any fear,” said Ahmad Shoaib, head of the newly established institution.
The Takhar education department said it fully supports the institutions that create awareness and encourage parents to send their children to schools.
Nearly 800 schoolgirls have been poisoned during the last three months in northern Takhar province. The local residents, especially the families of poisoned girls, are worried about the possibility of similar incidents recurring; therefore they have been reluctant to send their children back to school.
The school teachers are also fearful about having repeat incidents and are extremely sad about the disruption of the education process. They have asked the security forces to strive more vigorously to provide security for the schools.
The exact motivations that have led to the poisoning incidents remain unclear. However, police says investigations are ongoing to capture the persons causing these inhumane acts.
President Karzai has strongly condemned the frequent occurrence of such incidents, saying the enemies of Afghanistan are behind such attacks on education.