Parallel Schools for Girls in Southeast Afghan Province

Thousands attend unregistered madrassas where the government has no control.

Maryam, 15, regularly attends a school, but not one that is recognised by the Afghan government.

“I study in a girls’ madrassa [religious school],” the Khost teenager told IWPR. “My father said I should study in a madrassa because the [state] school is not a good place. You forget your traditions there and your religious observance is harmed.”

Afghan High Peace Council Praises IWPR Training

Workshop focuses on teaching better ways to communicate with the public.

IWPR has held a two-day training session for staff at Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, the body tasked with forging a peace deal and reconciliation with the Taleban.

The Kabul workshop brought together the heads of public outreach at 18 provincial-level branches of the council.

Boosting Democracy Through Debate in Afghanistan

Events encourage young people to take part in the political process.

IWPR’s debates are proving an effective way for ordinary people to hold local officials to account, according to participants in events held in October.

Nearly 1,500 young men and women participated in debates organised as part of IWPR’s Youth and Elections Project, which encourages Afghans to take an active part in their country’s political future.


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