Remote learning technology may help Afghan women and girls circumvent Taliban restrictions on education
Scholars at Harvard Kennedy School argue that e-learning should be leveraged to help women and girls in Afghanistan continue their education and circumvent recent restrictions imposed by the Taliban government. They suggest there is great potential in using mobile technology to equip Afghans to pursue their learning through online tools. “The good news is with advances in digital learning and education technology, we can fight the Taliban’s misogyny without dropping a single bomb,” HKS Professor Asim Khwaja, director of the Center for International Development, and Fatema Sumar, CID’s executive director, argue in a column published this week by Devex, a non-profit platform for analysis of global development issues. In imagining a potential model for Afghanistan, Khwaja and Sumar draw on the Kennedy School’s work in neighboring Pakistan, including the CID’s LEAPS project, which enabled better learning outcome for thousands of Pakistani students.