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UNICEF to directly fund Afghan teachers without channeling money to Taliban

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Afghan girls at a primary school in the city of Kandahar last month.
Afghan girls at a primary school in the city of Kandahar last month.

FRANCE: The United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) has said that it is going to set up a system that will facilitate in directly funding teachers in the war-torn Afghanistan without channelling the money to the country’s “de facto authorities” – the Taliban. In an email to Reuters, UNICEF Afghanistan’s chief of Education Jeannette Vogelaar said that the UN agency would soon commence registering all public school teachers in the country.

Vogelaar pointed out that the “best way” to support the education of girls in Afghanistan is to “continue supporting their schools and teachers.” “UNICEF is calling upon donors not to let Afghanistan’s children down,” she was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Afghanistan has remained plunged in economic misery since several international organisations, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) seized loans.

The United States has also stopped over $9 billion reserves to the country’s central bank. These decisions were made soon after the Taliban took over Afghanistan after two decades on August 15.

Although the Islamist militant group has been advocating for international recognition of its interim government in Afghanistan, incidents of utter oppression and brutality during their earlier regime in the 90s, have most countries to do so. Many prominent world leaders, including US President Joe Biden – who had come under severe backlash following his decision to pull out troops from Afghanistan earlier this year, have said about judging the Taliban on grounds of their actions.


Friday, November 5, 2021 – 01:00

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