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Afghan experts discuss gender equality in the education system from a human rights perspective

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Afghan experts discuss gender equality in the education system from a human rights perspective

20140204_BEPA_Gender_Human_Rights_Kabul (1)At a two-day workshop in Kabul, 40 experts discussed gender equality in the education system from a human rights perspective. Taking part in discussions on models for child-friendly schools, participants included officials from the Ministries of Education, Women Affairs and Justice and representatives of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Kabul University Law Faculty and UNICEF.

Officials from government and civil society came together in a workshop to discuss the human rights perspective on gender equality in education.

In the opening speech for the workshop, Akbar Hamidi, Deputy Director of the Teacher Education Directorate (TED), stressed the importance of human rights when discussing gender.

 “TED greatly appreciates the focused support to promote gender equality in education through building capacities with high quality workshops”.

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and Ministry of Justice held presentations on gender equality as a human right and on how to systematically apply human rights in education policies and strategies.

The second day of the workshop concentrated on children’s rights as integral to both human rights and gender issues. Professor Shalah Farid of Kabul University’s law faculty discussed points of intersection between gender equality and children’s rights and UNICEF representatives presented their cooperation scheme with the MoE to help set up child-friendly schools throughout Afghanistan.

Talking about how human and children’s rights apply to gender equality concepts, professor Farid  stressed: There are decrees in Islam that values the live of humanity. Any kind of negligence and shortcoming in protecting a child’s live is a big sin”.

The workshop was organized with the support of the Basic Education Program for Afghanistan (BEPA), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Swiss Development Cooperation, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education (MoE). The aim of the program is to establish a good foundation for teacher training and promote gender equality in education.

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