Three Afghan schoolgirls who participated in a biology competition in Kenya, an east African country, brought home gold medals – marking a great achievement in an international competition.
The competition was hosted in Kenya which was attended by around 300 students from 27 countries around the world, said the Afghan participants – who are from the Afghan-Turk High School in Kabul.
On arrival back home, Shohra, one of the excited winners spoke to reporters at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Wednesday.
“My classmates and I won the competition and obtained gold medals,” Shohra said.
One of the other female gold medalists, Nargis, urged the Afghan families to allow their children, specifically their daughters to continue to their studies so that they can earn more honor for Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan needs more focus on education because it has been a war-hit country,” Nargis said. “I want all the families to allow their daughters to continue their studies in order to bring honor to Afghanistan.”
The girls were welcomed home by their families and friends who had come out in support of them.
In addition to biology, participants were able to compete in other subjects as well.
According to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) there are eight million Afghan children enrolled in schools; 2.5 million of them are girls.