» 05/28/2012, 00.00
Hundreds of girls poisoned in school, suspicions and doubts about radical Muslims
Forty-three girls were taken to hospital yesterday. Four days earlier, 120 students and some teachers also felt sick from poisoning. The Taliban deny responsibility. Some experts suggest it might be "mass hysteria" caused by fear.
Taliban no longer opposed to female education
Afghan education minister makes the announcement in London. Sources tell AsiaNews that a cultural change is underway in the country. However, low teacher salaries and the distribution of international aid in education are major problems.
Despite Taliban attacks, more and more children and teenagers going to school
Islamists rebels want to undermine education. In the last ten months they have murdered 147 teachers and students and destroyed 98 schools. Unfortunately many areas still lack proper schools and pupils end up in madrassas that preach fundamentalism and hatred.
The challenge of educating against Taliban terrorism
Schools re-open for 6.5 million children. In the absence of classrooms, materials and teachers, the Taliban burn schools and kill teachers in their attempt to prevent a better future.
Islamic state schools to counter the Taliban Madrassah
Kabul decides to open Islamic schools under government control, where general culture studies, computers and foreign languages will figure on the curriculum beside religious studies. Education Minister: “The enemies of democracy in this country are actually using education as a weapon of terrorism”. Teacher formation programmes for men and women also planned.
Acid thrown in faces of five young women in Kandahar, "guilty" of going to school
Responsibility for the crime is attributed to the Taliban, who have an extensive presence in the area. During their government, they imposed an absolute ban on any form of education for females.
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