Girls school in North Waziristan reopened one week after destroyed by militants

Today, our little angels returned with smiles on their faces, says education ministry

Afia Girls School has reopened its doors after undergoing reconstruction on May 20, 2024. — X/@81ShahbazRana

  • Afia Girls School reopens its doors after undergoing rebuilding.
  • School was destroyed by terrorists a week ago.
  • We celebrate resilience of our daughters, says education ministry.

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training by fulfilling its commitment to provide education to every child in the country, on Monday reopened a girls school in North Waziristan that was destroyed by terrorists one week ago.

"We are thrilled to share the news that, by the grace of Almighty, we have accomplished our mission,” said the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in a message.

The Afia Girls School has reopened its doors after undergoing reconstruction.

“Today, our little angels returned with smiles on their faces, brimming with hope and enthusiasm,'' the ministry added.

It also said that just a week ago, this same school faced destruction at the hands of extremists.

"We stood firm in the face of adversity, and today, we celebrate the triumph of perseverance and determination. We celebrate the resilience of our daughters and the nation's commitment to education."

According to the ministry of education, in the latest tragic incident in North Waziristan, a private girls' school fell victim to unidentified militants who mercilessly targeted it, causing destruction and fear in the community.

Despite the attackers' efforts, no lives were lost, but the psychological and educational impact is significant.

This is not the first time such violence has struck educational institutions in the region, highlighting a disturbing trend of targeting education, particularly for girls.

However, amidst the darkness, there is a glimmer of hope as the Ministry of Federal Education has rebuilt the school in a record one week.

The ministry sources confirmed that the 120 girls are back in their classes today (Monday) morning.

The statement further added that the act “symbolises resilience, defiance against extremism, and a firm commitment to providing education for all, especially for the daughters of the nation”.

“Stay tuned for the inspiring story of rebuilding and national solidarity," the ministry added.

It is to mention here that a private girls’ school was blown up by unidentified militants in Tehsil Shewa of North Waziristan district on Wednesday night, the police sources said.

They said the militants first tortured the school watchman and later blew up two rooms of the school.

There was, however, no loss of life in the explosion.

Similar attacks took place in May of last year when two government schools for girls in Mirali were blown up.

No loss of life was reported in the incidents.

Local sources said that it was the only private girls’ school in the area and its administration had received multiple threat letters in the past.