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Editor’s note: The author’s family lived in several different Afghan provinces where schools were closed while she was growing up during the Taliban years. In 2016, schools in many provinces of Afghanistan are now closed again. 

I go and sit under a tent
On wet ground
Under a light sunshine 

When rain comes
My dress gets dirty and messy
My books and notebooks get wet 

When wind comes
It takes away my scarf
My papers fly in air 

But I like it
Because of learning
Learning knowledge
To find out my bright way 

I prefer to learn in a school rather than in a tent
And I prefer to learn in a tent rather than no tent and no school 

However Taliban and ISIS close the schools
Burn our tents  

They are against education
Against an educated generation

By Sharifa

Photo by Vinko Pernek.