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Afghan Girls Learn, Code 'Underground' to Bypass Taliban Curbs

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A class of Afghan women.

In September, the government said older boys could resume school, along with all primary-age children, but told older girls to stay home until conditions permitted their return.

Credit: The Times of India

Hundreds of girls and women in Afghanistan continue to learn, either online or in hidden makeshift classrooms, since the Taliban closed their schools after taking over the country in August.

Fereshteh Forough, CEO and founder of Code to Inspire, Afghanistan's first all-female coding academy, has rolled out encrypted virtual classrooms and online course content.

Forough also provided laptops and Internet packages to about 100 students.

Said Forough, "You can be locked at home (and) explore the virtual world without any hesitation, without worrying about geographical boundaries. That's the beauty of technology."

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