HB Lecture Series presents Education in Afghanistan: Promoting Local Solutions to Address Complex Realities
Education in Afghanistan, particularly girls’ education, is making headlines again as education policies and structures are rearranged under the new government of Taliban. While discourse on education in Afghanistan is embedded with assumptions about the Afghan culture and Islam, a closer examination of past and present education policies of the country reveals pragmatic obstacles to access and quality as well as more entrenched concerns about social engineering. In this lecture, Dr. Faizi provides an analysis of education in Afghanistan, weaving history and culture with local perspectives and experiences, to offer a more complex understanding of the challenges to education. With these challenges in mind, possibilities for ways forward also become more complex and locally situated. Dr. Faizi will then present her research on the ways community-based education addresses local concerns as well as resource limitations.