More than 20 top British universities have teamed up through FutureLearn to offer Afghan women free access to digital learning platforms for as long as the Taliban ban females from attending universities in Afghanistan. Girls and women with internet access will be able to study more than 1,200 courses at no cost. FutureLearn, which was set up by the Open University in 2012, delivers courses on behalf of about a quarter of the world’s top 200 universities. Thirty-five of Afghanistan's 140 private universities could face closure as a result of the Taliban ban, which will affect up to 70,000 female students and which has sparked international condemnation.

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