"Education on the Front Line"

"Education on the Front Line"

Military Use of Schools in Afghansitan's Baghlan Province

Book - 2016
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"Afghan security forces are increasingly using schools as bases during military operations in Taliban-held areas, putting children at risk and depriving thousands of their education. As the country's security situation has deteriorated in recent years , schools throughout Afghanistan have been under threat by both state and insurgent forces, which use the schools to deploy troops and weaponry. This report is based on interviews with more than 20 school principals, teachers, and administrators, as well as local families affected by the conflict in Baghlan province in north-eastern Afghanistan. It documents the occupation or other military use of 12 area schools. Although conditions in Baghlan reflect the provinces's dynamics, Afghan security forces are increasingly using schools in other conflicted-affected areas throughout the country. As school districts across Afghanistan find themselves on the front lines of the country's armed conflict, students either risk their lives attending schools being used by soldiers, or are deprived of an education until they are provided facilities elsewhere. The increase in girls attending school has been a noted achievement of the post-Tailiban government in Afghanistan. However, parents are especially hesitant to allow girls to attend school if the school is being used by soldiers or threatened by fighting. So long as schools remain vulnerable to military use or attack, the fragile gains of education in Afghanistan, particularly for girls, are at risk of reversal "--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Human Rights Watch, [2016]
ISBN: 9781623133962
Branch Call Number: 370.9581 B75e
Characteristics: 53 pages : 27 cm

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