BAMYAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Middle-aged women study general education in a 1st grade class at the Arzu Studio Compound in Dragon Valley, west of the town of Bamyan. Women and children enrolled the program are employed as carpet weavers and receive higher-than average compensation for their work, and are required to attend literacy classes. They also have access to day care for their children, hot water to wash clothes, a kitchen, and a garden where they can grow their own vegetables and herbs. Younger children attend classes before and after weaving the rugs. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) – published in Bamyan Province emerges as a model for Afghanistan’s potential by rceast

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