Afghanistan has been tagged as a nation with one of the lowest literacy rates in the world by major international organizations and think tanks. Insurgency and civil disruption has shattered the backbone of the nation with a literacy rate of only 38.2% being a dreadful evidence for that. But what comes as a sadly highlighting fact is that amidst such a staggeringly low literacy rate, the female literacy rate stands at an abysmal 28.2%. Adding to this deprivation, religious insurgents who oppose women’s education have been leading the regular closure of girls’ school and all the institutions of higher education are co-educational, often standing as a discouraging proposition for girls.
To tackle this situation, Dr. Azizullah Amir, an eminent cardiologist has taken the first step by setting up the first all-female educational complex, called Moraa Educational complex, of Afghanistan. This educational institution provides a vast range of educational and health services to Afghan girls and women, including Kindergarten, high school, midwifery school, university, mutli-specialty hospital and an annexed dormitory. Currently, the university has only 240 students, mostly from middle and low income families, but Dr.Aziz holds ambitions for the campus to impart education to around 12,000 students simultaneously. The university was inaugurated by Afghanistan’s first lady Rula Ghani, who said that, “The establishment of the Moraa Educational complex, which includes a college and a university, in Kabul will help boost women’s educational capabilities and help female students who are not able go to co-educational institutions”.
SHREYA DUTTA | TOC
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