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Afghanistan Reconstruction - 1st Day Of School


Kabul, Afghanistan
March 23, 2002

(State Department photos)
Bellamy Smiling  Back To School Poster  Student receiving book bag with school supplies donated by UNICEF   Classroom with Girl in Window  Girl in Sunshine

A smiling Carol Bellamy who is Executive Director of UNICEF.

"Back To School" Poster

Student receiving book bag with school supplies donated by UNICEF

Students in classroom, Kabul

Young girl goes to school for the first time

 Raised Hands  Recieving Line  Teacher in Front of Class Girl with Flag  Girls in Window 

Girls return to school in Afghanistan for the first time in over 6 years

Students in traditional dress at First Day of School celebration in Kabul

Teachers and young women return to school in Kabul

Young girl holding Afghanistan flag during ceremony celebrating the first day of school in Kabul

Children in damaged school building, Kabul

Girls celebrating  Chairman Hamid Karzai and Girl  Chairman Hamid Karzai at Podium  Two young Girls   Over the Shoulder Boy 

Girls chorus performs during ceremony celebrating the first day of school in Kabul

Chairman Hamid Karzai attends ceremony celebrating first day of school in Kabul

Chairman Hamid Karzai welcomes dignitaries, students and teachers to celebration in Kabul

Girls returning to school

Students in receiving line at celebration in Kabul

     

 

 

 

On March 23rd more than 3,000 schools across Afghanistan opened their doors…the first time in six years that public education will be freely available to all the children of Afghanistan. 

Led by Chairman Hamid Karzai, the people of Afghanistan welcomed the first day of school with nationwide celebrations. This event was the culmination of an intensive international effort, led by the United States, to rebuild the decimated Afghan education system from scratch.


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