'Talibanisation of education': Why did Afghanistan's government try to ban schoolgirls from singing?

“All public, private and supplementary schools must ban schoolgirls 12 and older from performing in music choirs in any ceremony and public programmes”: It was this very letter by Kabul’s Education Director, Ahmad Zamir Kawara, that caused outrage in the country. Leaked to the local media in early February, the letter also declared a ban on male instructors teaching music to girls above the age of 12. A powerful social media campaign forced the education ministry to backtrack on the move in an act of collective resistance, which showed that the Afghan civil society would not allow a regression…

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