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 attended by 300 students from 27 countries, 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 TOLOnews 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 medalistists, Nargis, called on Afghan families to support their children, especially girls and help them continue their studies.
"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.