Since the Soviet invasion in 1979 a steady decline has all but demolished Afghanistan's educational infrastructure. An estimated 80% of school buildings were damaged or destroyed in the war and Afghanistan has the lowest overall literacy rate in Asia.
Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, a number of home-based schools have started up, like this one in a village near Jalalabad. "We still lack everything," said one village teacher. "We need more school buildings, books and pens."