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Japan provides $10 million for Afghan children’s education

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KABUL – Japan has generously donated $10 million to address the critical education crisis faced by children in Afghanistan. This substantial funding is aimed at supporting the education of 71,500 children in Afghanistan.

The contribution comes from the government of Japan, facilitated through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) cited UNICEF in reporting this significant financial support, emphasizing that it will be channeled through the Japan International Cooperation Agency in Afghanistan.

The dire situation in Afghanistan is reflected in the statistics provided by UNICEF, revealing that 60 percent of female students and 46 percent of male students are currently unable to access primary education. Many schools in the country suffer from a lack of adequate classrooms, qualified teachers, necessary equipment, and even basic hygiene facilities such as handwashing stations.

Fran Equiza, the UNICEF Representative for Afghanistan, expressed the organization’s commitment to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to attend school and receive a quality education. UNICEF has already taken steps to address the education crisis by announcing plans to establish 21,000 learning classrooms across Afghanistan. Additionally, short-term courses will be offered specifically for female students in the central Bamyan province.

However, in a setback to these efforts, the Taliban authorities issued an order in June requiring all foreign organizations to halt their education-related activities in the country. UNICEF promptly warned that this decision could have severe repercussions, potentially affecting the education of thousands of students.

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