Living Room School in Afghanistan A School for Girls that Even the Taliban Have Accepted

More than a billion dollars have been spent on Afghanistan's education system, though the country has little to show for it. In a remote village, one man is doing his part to make sure local girls receive a fair education – by opening a school in his living room.
By Emran Feroz und Abdul Rahman Lakanwal in Khost, Afghanistan
Ur-Rahman gives lessons to around 30 girls in his living room.

Ur-Rahman gives lessons to around 30 girls in his living room.

Foto: Emran Feroz
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Habib ur-Rahman used to be a pilot in the Afghan army. Now he teaches girls in his living room.

Habib ur-Rahman used to be a pilot in the Afghan army. Now he teaches girls in his living room.

Foto: Emran Feroz

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During the Taliban regime, women were neither allowed to attend school nor go to work.

During the Taliban regime, women were neither allowed to attend school nor go to work.

Foto: Uncredited/ AP
Women at a market in Kabul in 2009

Women at a market in Kabul in 2009

Foto: Alexandre Meneghini/ AP
Habib ur-Rahman in front of his home in the village of Khost, the site of his home school.

Habib ur-Rahman in front of his home in the village of Khost, the site of his home school.

Foto: Emran Feroz
Pupils of Habib ur-Rahman's

Pupils of Habib ur-Rahman's

Foto: Emran Feroz
A market in Kabul

A market in Kabul

Foto: Rahmat Gul/ AP
A mural on a barrier wall at the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs to mark International Women's Day

A mural on a barrier wall at the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs to mark International Women's Day

Foto: Rahmat Gul/ AP

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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