The girls in this photo are lucky because their parents can afford to send them to a school in Kabul. For most of these girls, their education will stop after primary school.

In the relatively progressive city of Kabul, small private schools have been established where girls from more liberal families can receive a few years of supplementary education after finishing primary school. These schools have male and female teachers, many of whom have only limited academic backgrounds. The girls are often insulted by boys on the street for going to school, but they do not let it bother them. They believe education is the only way to lead self-sufficient lives independent of men. They are the exceptions.

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