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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 impact of the low numbers of female teachers on the number of girls attending school 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)

Research by the Government of Afghanistan shows that the availability of female teachers is one of several factors-including security and access to education facilities-that impact on the number of girls attending school. The Government of Afghanistan's new National Priority Programme on Education for All includes commitments to build 200 secondary schools for girls; to construct school facilities with special features needed for girls (boundary walls and separate toilet facilities); and to expand community-based education activities to remote and un-served populations.

The latest figures from the Afghan Ministry of Education for 2010-11 show that there were nearly 50,000 female teachers in general education, up from virtually none under the Taliban, representing 31 per cent of the total number of teachers.

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