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Afghan female university enrollment stands at 19%- reveals World Bank’s report

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Afghan female university enrollment stands at 19%- reveals World Bank’s report

female studentsAccording to  recent report by the World Bank, only 19% of the total students enrolled in higher education institutions were females.

Lack of proper education facilities and opportunities for females is the prime reason behind the stratification between male and female students.

The report is used to awaken the Afghan government and take immediate steps to increase the female to  male ratio in higher education.

Harsha Athur Puna, an education specialist at the World Bank, called on the Afghan government to clear the hindrances to women’s education.

Meanwhile, Afghan Ministry of Higher Education has accepted the findings and assured that the government would take all possible measures to increase women’s access to education.

“We are thankful to the World Bank for pointing out the weak areas and providing a solutions. We and our teams will try to tackle all the challenges,” said Higher Education Minister Obaidullah Obaid.

Regarding the challenges encountered while putting the report together, Puna said improper documentation and record keeping has been a major challenge.



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  1. Dr Mehdi Barghchi
    Dr Mehdi Barghchi 31 August, 2013, 19:56

    Women and girls should have just as much access to equal opportunity as men, including in education. Unfortunately, certain cultural norms and practices do not provide this opportunity. This is not unique to Afghanistan that often men dominate education and places of influence in the society. It is the same in many developed as well as in developing world countries, be it in the government or private sector. A recent study in Makerere University, School of Women and Gender Studies in Uganda had similar conclusion that women and girls do not have as much access to education leading to less employment and influence opportunities for women http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/646461–cultural-norms-a-huge-hindrance-to-girl-education.html . Of course the wealth of a nation is its people and education is investment in the wellbeing of the nation. A country that does not recognize that 50% of its resources i.e. women, have a positive role to play in development of the country and its nation, is just going to be always at least one step behind!

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