UNICEF suspends operations at 911 local schools

PUL-E-ALAM (SW) – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has suspended its activities at 911 local schools in the city of Pul Alam, the center of Logar province and the surrounding districts.

In these community schools, children who were left out of education were educated up to the third grade, and with the cessation of the activities of these classes, now more than 32.000 students are left out of education.

Shahpour Arab, the spokesperson of the Logar Department of Education, told Salam Watandar that UNICEF has taken this action in response to the ban on women from working in domestic and foreign non-governmental institutions in Afghanistan. He added that efforts are underway to find a solution to this problem.

“After banning women’s work, more than 32,000 children deprived of education who were educated in these 911 local classes are deprived of education. This program was operated with the financial support of the UNICEF”.

On the other hand, Rafiullah Samim, the head of information and culture department in Logar, has said that efforts are underway to deal with the problem of the activities of domestic and foreign institutions.

“This is the decision of the leaders who have banned the work of women in institutions, and this decision is full of wisdom. A number of institutions have stopped their activities, but efforts are being made to find alternative ways to solve this problem.”

A number of residents of Logar, expressing concern about the closure of local schools in this province, want this issue to be resolved.

Basmullah, a resident of Logar, said: “We are saddened by the suspension of UNICEF’s activities because thousands of students have been deprived of education and hundreds of people have become unemployed. We hope that UNICEF will resume its activities in the education sector in Logar.”

Prior to this, a number of other international non-governmental organizations suspended their operations in protest.