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Opening Books, Unlocking Minds

Three years ago in a remote village in Afghanistan's Paktia province, the former home of Osama bin Laden, Ash Hartwell of the UMass Amherst Center for International Education (CIE) met with seven Afghan elders. His team's mission was to convince this council-the shura-to allow village women to attend daily classes in literacy and health. Over cups of hot chai, the team explained how these classes could teach women to keep themselves and their families healthier.