Some are calling it "a revolution" in education. With the Taliban no longer in control, many more girls have been allowed to attend school in Afghanistan. In some areas, tents have had to be erected to keep up with the demand.
Before the Taliban, however, women were not educated due to tribal attitudes. Even now, most girls are pulled out of school when they reach puberty, around 14 years of age, and few are able to graduate. Ancient cultural attitudes will take time to change, but increased security measures are making it easier for girls to get some education.
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