Cultural barriers to female education in Khost resented
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Female university students in southeastern Khost province on Wednesday complained cultural taboos and other social barriers were affecting their education.
Although some facilities had been provided for them, some people did not let their daughters and sisters get higher education due to the cultural barriers, a student of Management Department at Khost institute said.
Helai told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We are optimistic about our personnel studies, but not about the future of our sisters who are not allowed to get higher education.”
One of the cultural barriers is that girls cannot venture out of homes in deeply conservative areas, according to her. Allowing girls to wear Islamic hijab in line with social sensitivity would reduce hurdles to their education, she believed.
“Our message to all families is: Let your girls acquire higher education after completion of school studies,” remarked Helai, who hailed educated women as an asset to the nation.
Her colleague Maleeha is optimistic of the cultural restriction on girls’ education easing with time and promotion of education. She believed the situation would get better, slowly but steadily.
“If a mother is educated, she can properly groom her children into responsible members of society. If she is not educated, her children may be misled and could become a headache for others,” she argued.
In order to enroll more girl students, they were trying to appoint female teachers in educational institutions, Director of Education Eng. Bakht Noor Bakhtyar said.
“Tribal elders asked us to appoint female teachers and we support this demand. We are trying for the appointment of female teachers,” he said, promising steps to promote women’s education in Khost.
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