3/25/2002

School officially opened Saturday for an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million Afghan students, reports say. For the first time in years, girls took their places alongside boys in the classroom. Some classes are held in dilapidated buildings, lacking desks and chairs, but the U.N. has given out 7,700 tons of school supplies, including classroom tents. Interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai said that he is committed to making education the biggest part of the country's budget.

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