Girls struggle with internet as they turn to online classes
The Taliban administration has allowed girls to study individually at home and has not moved to ban the internet, which its officials use to make announcements via social media. But girls and women face a host of problems, from power cuts to cripplingly slow internet speeds, let alone the cost of computers and wifi in a country where 97% of people live in poverty.
“For girls in Afghanistan, we have a bad, awful internet problem,” Sofia said. Her online school, Rumi Academy, saw its enrolment of mostly females rise from about 50 students to more than 500 after the Taliban took over in 2021. It has had hundreds more applications but cannot enrol them for now because of a lack of funds for teachers and to pay for equipment and internet packages, a representative of the academy said.
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