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Education for girls: The key to Afghanistan's development

March 03, 2009 | Relief Web new window By Shafiqullah Waak, UNAMA

One woman in the province of Nangarhar has dedicated her life to teaching women in Afghanistan and is following in the footsteps of a family tradition of teachers.

"If we want Afghanistan to be a prosperous country we should make sure Afghan women are fully engaged in the development process of the country," said Zarghona, 53, who has worked as a teacher for 35 years. "A country destroyed by decades of civil war will not stand on its own feet if half of its population, women, are inactive. Hence women and girls need to be educated."

The adult female literacy rate in Afghanistan is estimated to be 18 per cent...

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