November 23rd, 2009
10:46 PM ET

Afghan schools seek survival amid attacks

(CNN) - In his work for a humanitarian agency in Afghanistan, Lex Kassenberg asks an important question when he visits schoolchildren: What will you do when you grow up?

"I want to be president," is an answer Kassenberg often hears from girls.

But for all the admiration Kassenberg has for a youngster's ambition, the 53-year-old CARE aid worker knows that in Afghanistan, the notion of a female national leader remains implausible in the immediate future. Only recently, women had suffered serious setbacks under the rule of the militant Taliban.

The importance of education, especially for girls, does not escape the Afghan people nor humanitarian agencies trying to improve their living conditions. That's why the World Bank partnered with CARE to investigate how education can succeed amid increasing violent attacks on Afghan schools.

Read the full story from CNN's Moni Basu

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