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Afghanistan: Education

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Shadow Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the high number of girls dropping out of education in Afghanistan.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The latest data from Afghanistan's Ministry of Education for 2010-11 show that boys and girls are dropping out of education on a permanent basis in nearly equal proportions (15 per cent for boys and 14 per cent for girls).

In 2010-11, 5.7 million children attended school regularly. 2.1 million were girls (up from virtually none under the Taliban).

The UK Government have placed the empowerment of girls and women at the heart of UK development policy; education is vital to this empowerment.

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