May 19, 2004
Afghan girls doing maths

Joanne Jacobs, who is indifferent to pictorial content on account of having sufficient content of her own, links to this picture, which unlike her I here reproduce:

afghangirls.jpg

Here's how the accompanying Christian Science Monitor story starts:

A second-grade math class in Kabul, Afghanistan, met in the school breezeway with a blackboard on wheels. The young scholar was shy about speaking in front of her class. A proud teacher watched. A classmate reached out her hand to offer support.

This scene, so natural, so universal, was nonexistent in Afghanistan for many years when the Taliban were in power. Laws prohibited women and girls from attending school or even leaving their homes.

A breezeway sounds like something out of doors.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 03:42 PM
Category: IslamMaths