Constitution of Afghanistan: An Analysis of Educational and Linguistic Provisions
Keywords:Afghanistan, Afghan Constitution, Education, Language Rights, Ethnic Conflicts, Linguistic Polarisation, Ethnic Polarisation
The paper analyses the Constitution of 2004 of Afghanistan in the context of Education and Linguistics. It aims to determine the extent of concentration and focus given to the educational and linguistics promotion in the new constitution. The paper also attempts to unearth the features of the language landscape of Afghanistan. It investigates why language and education have become an existential problem in Afghanistan. It also explores how the new constitution ensures the provision of education and language. The article has reviewed the secondary data, mostly the analytical review of the current constitution of Afghanistan in the light of the comparative study of the other related documents and old constitutions. The new constitution provides sufficient evidence of the attention given to education and linguistics promotion. Comparative analyses of the articles of the Constitution of Afghanistan 2004, with the supportive study of other related facts and documents, reveals that the current constitution is better than the previous constitutions in acknowledging the language and education-related issues in post-conflict Afghanistan. The current constitution promotes and preserves linguistic plurality of Afghanistan. Keeping in view state's universal education mandate, it not only provides free education but also makes education mandatory for all of its citizens.
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