Don’t think you know enough about Afghanistan? well here are a few facts I have gathered for you.

  • Afghanistan celebrates its independence on August 19th from Britain. Afghanistan wasn’t actually part of the British Colony. However, they went into war three times until Afghanistan declared its independence in 1919.
  • Afghanistan’s national game is called Buzkashi, or in other words, goat-grabbing. It’s a sport where the players in two teams try to catch a goat while riding on a horse. It has been played for centuries and it even got sponsors for it nowadays
  • Afghanistan is also rich in natural resources with the main ones being natural gas and oil.
  • Afghanistan’s main source of income comes from agriculture. They produce large amounts of crops that are enough to provide for the people and export as well. They plant vegetables, fruits, rice and nuts.
  • The official language of Afghanistan is Dari and Pashto. They speak several other languages as well such as Persian, Uzbek and Turkmen to name a few.
  • The people of Afghanistan are called Afghans and not Afghanis which is the currency. A common mistake that happens among people.
  • Poetry is a big part of Afghans’ culture and it has been for centuries. In the city of Herat, women, men and children gather on Thursday night to share verses from old and new poetry.
  • Afghanistan is a landlocked country sharing borders with Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan,
  • The largest city in Afghanistan is Kabul, the capital.
  • The New Year in Afghanistan, called Nawroz, is celebrated on 21 March which is the first day of spring.

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Facts about Education in Afghanistan

  • The number of teachers in Afghanistan has increased  to 142,500  from just over 20,000 in 2010.  Nearly 40,000 of these teachers are women.
  • 10,000 schools are providing education to 7 million Afghan children
  • Only 2 out of every 5 schools are actual buildings
  • 37% of the total student population is girls, up from Zero  during the Taliban regime
  • Only 1 in 5 woman can read
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