Inside A Post-Taliban School After a month in Afghanistan, NPR's Rebecca Hersher visited a school to talk to the one set of voices she was missing — women, specifically teenage girls.
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Inside A Post-Taliban School

This is something you never would have seen under the Taliban: Girls walking to school. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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This is something you never would have seen under the Taliban: Girls walking to school.

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Tanweer School is located in a lower middle class neighborhood on the south side of Kabul. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Tanweer School is located in a lower middle class neighborhood on the south side of Kabul.

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A white sheet covers the door of the girls classroom so the boys can't see in and they can't see out. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A white sheet covers the door of the girls classroom so the boys can't see in and they can't see out.

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By high school a lot of teenage girls in Afghanistan have dropped out due to social pressure from their families. These girls are the lucky ones. They all have dreams of going to college. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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By high school a lot of teenage girls in Afghanistan have dropped out due to social pressure from their families. These girls are the lucky ones. They all have dreams of going to college.

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Hadia Durani is 15. She says she wants to be president when she grows up. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Hadia Durani is 15. She says she wants to be president when she grows up.

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Layli is 15. She's fiesty and says she sometimes wants to punch the boys who make fun of them when they walk to school. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Layli is 15. She's fiesty and says she sometimes wants to punch the boys who make fun of them when they walk to school.

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Somaya Rahmanzai is 15, geeky and CRAZY confident. She wants to be a brain surgeon when she grows up. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Somaya Rahmanzai is 15, geeky and CRAZY confident. She wants to be a brain surgeon when she grows up.

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Hadia (left) and Somaya may not know how hard it will be to achieve their dreams. For every available college slot in Afghanistan, there are five students who want to go. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Hadia (left) and Somaya may not know how hard it will be to achieve their dreams. For every available college slot in Afghanistan, there are five students who want to go.

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