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Education and the Taliban

A religious militaristic group.

Sophia Lara

on 17 March 2011

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Majority of the people in the Middle East lack a complete education.
A high level of poverty and lack of educational availabity lead many young children, specifically boys, to be persuaded to join the Taliban.
The Taliban offers an alluring opportunity for children who have not had the means to acquire an education or a place to belong.
In Three Cups of Tea, After attempting to climb K2, Mortenson wanted to repay the citizens of Korphe by building them a school to help educate the many children in Korphe and surrounding cities.
Mortenson began with the school and Korphe and continued building schools for underprivileged children with little to no education.
This way not only boys will be educated but girls as well.
This gives young children other options in their lives rather than feeling compelled to join problem- causing groups like the Taliban. Education and the
Taliban WOMEN While in Afghanistan, the taliban became well
known for their treatment of women.

Women were not allowed to be educated after the age of eight.

Up until the age of eight, girls were only able to study the Qur'an.

Women seeking education had to attend underground schools.

Maulvi Kalamadin said that the banning of the women's education would only go on until once facilities and street security were established to prevent cross-gender contact.

Support to bring back women's eductation was banned by the Taliban. As described in the story, the Middle East is a mountainous, landlocked and remote area. According to National Post, ever since 1979, it has been in constant turmoil which has caused the country to be in a state of unrelenting chaos.
Because of the consistent bedlam, education has not been a major priority. "Since the Taliban was driven from power in 2001, some 5.4 million Afghan children have been renrolled in schools, including 1.6 million girls. But a devastating campaign of intimidation through school burnings and the killing of teachers has forced the closure of many schools in the southern provinces where the insurgeny is strongest. 'How can the Taliban say they want to build schools when they already burnt 180, closed 396 and prevented the youth of the country from going to school?' says Education Minister Hanif Atmar. 'What they are they really talking about building is madrassahs (religious schools) and terrorists training grounds. They will take young boys and train them in killing and suicide attacks on our country." -Time Magazine How does this
relate to the book? Regarding the Taliban... What does education have to do with the Taliban? As mentioned in Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson had the idea of fighting terror not with more terror but with the education of future generations. Kids facing poverty and living in remote villages hardly have the resources to find their way to school. The Taliban, offering free education, room and board, seems like the best alternative to children in this situation. Putting schools close to areas far from cities would decrease the amount of children willing to make such a bad decision. Also, as we educate ourselves, and our children, we become less susceptible to ignorance; the ignorance that causes groups such as the Taliban to prosper. · The word Taliban means “religious students”.

· They formed during the civil war in Afghanistan and controlled about 90% of the country’s territory and their policies.

· They shoot and bomb students and teachers regularly in order to abolish Afghanistan’s education system

· The Taliban lures poor Afghanis to join them with empty promises of education.

· There were limits to the things taught and the ages you were allowed to learn till.

· Taliban insurgents threaten students, burn down schools, kill teachers, and intimidate families that support
education all over the country.

· Children get caught in between battles constantly and occasionally get shot or bombed because of that. What is the Taliban, really? Melody Opene
Sophia Lara
Namrata Brahmbhatt
Benz Natsimar Anathasukhon
Kayla Han This presentation has been brought to you by: Within the Arabic region of the Middle East, there is compulsory education.
Although education is provided, it is mostly rudimentary; covering only the simplest topics.
There has been a spike in the attending of school from 61% in 1965 to 98% in 1990 because of free, public schooling. EDUCATION SYSTEM
IN THE MIDDLE EAST Despite the rise in attendance, “the education system does not contribute to improving the average earning prospects in the labor market”.-Education in the Middle East and North Africa: The Current Situation and Future Challenges
Basically, education doesn't always necessarily improve the job pool for Middle Easterners. Only those who graduate from college have broader prospects. There are also discrepancies between the experiences of men and women in the field of education. In Yemen, there are three girls for every ten boys enrolled in school.
In other cases, issues with poverty prevent girls from attending school with as many numbers as males. While literacy rates have improved in many countries, those that are literate are less than the majority.
There are many school dropouts due to economic struggles.
27% of male students dropped in a Jordan school in 1992; the year they would have completely the first grade.
Due to physical and emotional abuse in school, many boys aren't able to finish complete their educations.
Without education, the only alternative for boys is to turn to the military; specifically the Taliban.
The only thing keeping boys from joining the army might be that the boys are too old to be drafted. There are no other options. So, no education can mean no future. Get the Facts Straight
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