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Taliban sends daughters to school despite closing classrooms for other female students

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The Telegraph, 7 January 2022

The British daily extensively quotes findings from the latest AAN research about the status of the Afghan education system under the Taleban:

High ranking officials are sending their children to overseas state schools and universities while depriving schooling to millions of girls in Afghanistan since seizing power according to a report by the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). 

One member of the Taliban’s negotiating team in Doha said they had started to educate their children in school in Qatar: “Since everybody in the neighbourhood was going to school, our children demanded that they go to school too.”

The daughter of one current Taliban minister and former member of the group’s leadership council is currently studying medicine at a Qatari university, according to AAN.

Two members of the  Taliban’s Qatar office are said to have left their children in Doha when they returned to Kabul so that their education would not be disrupted.

“Taliban members and their families who live here [in Qatar] have strong demands for modern education and no one opposes it for either boys or girls – of any age,” a Taliban official formerly based in Qatar told the AAN. (…)

“The Iqra system is very good for Taliban who are looking to educate their boys and girls. It’s an Islamic educational system that teaches both modern school subjects and madrasa subjects,” a Taliban official in Pakistan, told the AAN.

“Most of our friends were looking for this kind of mixed system, and after this system was established in some cities like Karachi and Quetta, they were sending their boys and girls to these schools.”

Other Taliban officials in Afghanistan have clandestinely enrolled their daughters in private schools and universities where they take lessons in subjects considered foreign, including English and computer literacy.

Meanwhile Taliban leaders have been looking for educated second wives since the group returned to power.

“In the past, it was not common practice because very few women were literate but now you can find well-educated women everywhere,” one Taliban minister told the AAN.

“Education allows them to live a good life. They know the rights of a husband better and can better train your sons and daughters. This is why a literate wife is a necessity nowadays.”