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Qatar steps up efforts to support education for Afghans with landmark scholarship project – Doha News

Qatar has repeatedly called on the Taliban to grant basic rights to all Afghan women.

Qatar is stepping up efforts to ensure access to education for Afghan displaced persons through the Qatar Afghan Scholarship Project (QASP), which was launched Wednesday.

The initiative was announced by Education Above All (EAA) and the Qatar Development Fund (QFFD).

QASP also collaborates with the Afghanistan Future Fund (AFF), Schmidt Futures, Yalda Hakim Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The launch marks the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year, welcoming 250 Afghan students with full scholarships to more than 40 U.S. colleges and universities in at least 17 states. Institutions include Rutgers University, Bard’s College, and the University of Texas.

“An educated society is the key to the future success of any country and underpins all other areas of development. will build a foundation for the future,” said QFFD Executive Director Khalifa Al Kuwari.

Afghan students who have benefited from the scholarship live in various countries where they sought refuge after the Taliban took Kabul last year, including northern Iraq, Kyrgyzstan and Albania.

Divided evenly between male and female students, QASP covers a wide range of programs in various fields such as arts, business, science, humanities and social sciences.

“Ensuring that young people, including young people in Afghanistan, can continue their education despite all difficulties is a top priority for the EAA, as education is the key to ensuring a stable and prosperous future.” EAA’s Fahad Al Sulaiti said CEO.

QASP further expands Qatari efforts to help Afghans after facilitating safe exit for tens of thousands of Taliban seized power. At the time, Qatar conducted the largest airlift in history, evacuating at least 80,000 Afghans and foreigners.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 5% of refugees have access to higher education. This figure is at least 40% below the global average.

The initiative also stems from the continued ban on girls from education by the Taliban-led proxy government.

When the girls tried to go back to school in March, they were sent home. Boys’ education, by contrast, resumed almost immediately. The move was condemned by Qatar and the international community.

The decision comes despite Taliban promises to protect the rights of women and girls.

Qatar has repeatedly called on the Taliban to give all Afghan women basic rights and urges them to follow the example of Islamic countries around the world.

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