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Thousands of Kandahar children deprived of education

Thousands of Kandahar children deprived of education

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Dec 08, 2019 - 18:17

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 100,000 children in southern Kandahar province have been deprived of educationinfo-icon and another 20,000 are involved in child labour or begging, officials said on Sunday.

According the local officials, around 120 children have been killed and another 115 wounded due to the ongoing conflict this year in Kandahar province.

Shamsuddin Tanvir, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) children department head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 20,000 children have been faced with child labour or begging in the province.

He said most of the children had been involved in eight types of child labour such as construction works, collection of garbage and begging.

He added 120 cases of violence and seven cases of sexually harassment against children have been also registered during the ongoing year.

He said child kidnapping issue has been also increased this year that spark concerns among people across the province.

He termed the ongoing conflict, poverty, unemployment and lack of the parents’ attention to their children as major reasons behind the issues.

He said, “Unfortunately 120 children have been killed and 115 others wounded in the going war this year.”

The sexually abuse cases might be higher than the recorded number because most of time it has been hidden from media due to culture barriers, he added.

 He urged the judicial organs to address the children violence cases based on justice.

Education department spokesman Nazar Mohammad Samimi told Pajhwok that despite improvement in the education system compared to the past years around 100,000 children still have been deprived of education across the province.

He said girls have no access to education in the districts and most of them leaving their schools in the middle.

Currently, 378 schools remained opened for students in Kandahar City, the provincial and in districts, he said.

Tariq Wadan, an official of the Social Affairs and Labour Department, told Pajhwok they have two schools for less fortunate students where 600 poor children study.

He said efforts were underway to address the child labour issue in the province.

Shafiqullah, 13, works at a carpentry shop in the second Municipality District of the provincial capital. He said he had to come early in the morning, leave late in the day and get 50 afs daily for his work.

He did not complain against the load of work but added his boss sometimes use abusive language for him and hear improper words from others.

Shafiqullah said his father was killed in a bomb blast and had to take care of his three sisters and brother.

Children rights activists say it’s the government responsibility to invest for the children bright future and increase public awareness programs in the province.

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