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His Excellency Farook Wardak, Minister of Education of Afghanistan, welcomed Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education, in Kabul last week. Despite the devastating impact that violence and insecurity have had on the Afghan people and the country’s education system, there is tremendous hope for the country to rebuild with the efforts of the education community. Few countries have achieved such massive gains over such a short period of time: In 2001, Afghanistan had just 800,000 students in school — mainly boys. Now more than 8 million students are enrolled, 3.2 million of whom are girls. GPE has provided Afghanistan with a grant of $55.7 million to support the country’s education sector plan.