By: Abdul Wasay Hewadmal
Koran Larkhabi is a new village in the center of Kunduz Province in north of Afghanistan, which was established by Internal Displaced People (IDPs) from Asqalan village due to the ongoing conflicts. Approximately 300 families residing in this new village are faced with many challenges such as lack of educational facilities and health care centres. The community has requested the local government and authorities several times to provide them with educational and other life opportunities, but no positive response has been received. This village is 4.5 km away from the government school located in the neighbouring village, which is a long distance for the children to walk. Based on these problems, and an assessment conducted by Save the Children in the villages of Kunduz with a high number of IDPs, three community based classes were established. These classes have approximately 123 registered students attending classes. The students were provided with all the necessary school materials.
Razia is 13 years old, and a student in grade six at Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) where she also studies music.
Afghanistan is taking steps forward in nationalizing Early Childhood Development so that children age 3-6 have access to and benefit from holistic programs.
Rana is ten years old and studies in the first grade at the CBE class in Daman district of Kandahar province.
Mahjera, now 17 years old was forced to enter into early marriage three years ago. As a result, she had to drop out of school. She comes from a poor and traditional family. She is living in a very remote area of Kabul with her husband and in laws. Prior to her marriage, Mahjera was at 8th grade and earned the highest scores in her class and was very ambitious.
This report assesses the impact on children of being returned from Europe to Afghanistan. This research is based on an understanding of children’s rights as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to which all European countries and Afghanistan are signatories and builds a picture of children’s material, physical, legal and psycho-social safety during the returns process. The report is conducted in Afghanistan, Norway and Sweden.