RAWA Schools in Kabul

by Nathan Hamm on 1/20/2005 · 2 comments

Roya at About Afghanistan comments on RAWA schools in Kabul as reported in the Independent.

Roya’s comments are interesting and definitely should be checked out.

What struck me in the story though is that the representative from RAWA says that fathers will not let their daughters go to school for religious and cultural reasons.

The secret schools – there are 50 in the capital, teaching hundreds of girls and women – no longer run the terrible risks they once did. But the threat from Islamic hardliners still requires discretion.

Some girls attend Rawa’s literacy classes because their fathers have banned them from government schools.

“They are very backward, narrow-minded people,” said Faryal, an 18-year-old student and Rawa member. “They think girls are just for washing the clothes and sitting in the house.”

Well, that certainly may be the case, but nothing in the story suggests that it’s true. In fact, the story indicates that parents won’t let their daughters go to government schools because they don’t think it’s safe.

Most of the pupils in the Laila (Tulip) school in the north of the city attend as an alternative to government schools. Their parents banned them from making the journey to and from the state school because security is still bad in their part of the city. Parents fear their daughters will be kidnapped on the way to or from school – the girls attending the Tulip school all live within a couple of streets of the classroom.

The teacher, Rahela, started lessons seven years ago. “I would like to teach in a government school and perhaps when security conditions are better I will do that,” she said.

Reading through some of the statements on their site, I’m inclined to think they are given to ideological posturing. But, to what end is not entirely clear. I can’t find a mission statement anywhere.


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Zed January 20, 2005 at 2:35 pm

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