December 22, 2023

Helping hands - How Afghan girls are instrumental in providing education

Zohra in Afghanistan

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Since the Taliban regained power, the education for girls and women in Afghanistan is self-organised and often persecuted.


Helping others is one of the most important parts of everyone’s life and it’s our inherent right as human beings.

Putting efforts into education for young people, including girls, is important to me. It is the key to success. Education develops critical thinking and broadens your knowledge.

Afghanistan’s political system driven by the Taliban does not provide the same opportunities for girls and boys. Its current regime closed school doors for girls and disabled us from the pursuit of our dreams and goals.

Organisations such as LEARN have been helping girls get an underground education, by providing online classes such as science and web design lessons, and in collaboration with The Oxford School for the Future of Journalism (OXSFJ) we have also been able to receive journalism classes.

This has given girls like myself the opportunity to continue our lessons and study in the fields that we are really interested in.

Through their help and kindness, the power to offer opportunities to others is then passed on into our hands.

Inspired by this, I decided to also play an active role in empowering others through education. Together with the Organization for Work and Development of Afghanistan (OWDA), I provide support to Bamyan people, especially the young generation.

Being a part of both the volunteering team at OWDA, and as a student at LEARN, I am able to reflect from two different perspectives on the role of education in a young person’s life. By opening the doors to education, you empower others to continue developing their skills, and follow their dreams.

Written by:




OXSFJ & LEARN Afghan Project

Illustrated by Yuliia Muliar

Zohra, aged 17, is an avid writer participating in the joint project between The Oxford School for the Future of Journalism and LEARN Afghan. She is interested in pursuing her own education with plans to keep studying new subjects alongside her goal to become a journalist.

Zohra is enthusiastic towards literature with a love for both reading and writing. She also spends her free time listening to music.

She speaks Dari, English and some Pashto.

Due to security concerns the authors image and surname have been omitted

Edited by:


Sofiya Suleimenova

former International Affairs Section Editor

Geneva, Switzerland

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