The National Back to School in Afghanistan

The National Back to School in Afghanistan

Recently 1.5 million students went back to school in Afghanistan, in a country welcoming peace for the first time in years, but where images of war are still present in the classroom. The conditions are appalling, but the students are anxious for some kind of normal routine. Education is the government's number one post-war priority. But the big question is: what will they learn? The textbooks are filled with images of violence – bullets are used to teach subtraction. It's the war propaganda that disturbs the students most. They represent any hope Afghanistan might have to build a civil society and change their country's previously prescribed values.

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