United Nations Children’s Fund condemns bombing of Afghan schools

31 October 2002

Condemning recent attacks on several schools Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said the violence would not suppress the desire for education in the country.

Condemning recent attacks on several schools Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said the violence would not suppress the desire for education in the country.

The four schools in Wardak Province, which were bombed late last week by unidentified persons, suffered damage to both buildings and educational materials. No injuries have been reported and three of the schools have since re-opened for classes.

A UNICEF education officer who visited the affected schools along with representatives of the Provincial Education Office reported that local people are outraged at the attacks, and that many of the girl pupils were in tears on hearing the news.

With the exception of Jarlez School where the owner has yet to decide if the school can continue to operate, students have returned to the classrooms to take their end of year examinations, according to UNICEF. Local residents have expressed their determination to continue sending all children to school.

UNICEF voiced its firm belief that the majority of people in Afghanistan want to see their children educated, boys and girls alike, and attacks such as those in Wardak – and other incidents elsewhere in the country – will do nothing to crush the desire for education among ordinary people.

 

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