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Globally, almost one in seven youth are looking for work.
— United Nations, 2015

Educating Afghanistan’s young people is the only true solution to the scourge of terrorism.

At the root of the problem is the state of education. More than six out of every ten people cannot read or write. Nearly four million children aren’t in school, and more than three quarters of all children drop out of school by the ninth grade. Overall, opportunity is extremely limited, making hope for the future impossible for many families to conjure. 

The state of education in Afghanistan today actually represents progress compared to ten years ago, since there was virtually no ability to improve education during the many years my country was embroiled in war, starting with the Soviet Union’s 1978 invasion.

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