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A female pupil looks out of the new school built in Farghamanch, Jurm district, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, Saturday morning, Oct. 24, 2009. The girls' school was built with funds from the National Solidarity Programme and facilitated by the Aga Khan Foundation. Literacy in Afghanistan hovers around 28 percent, and is even lower for women. As the Obama Administration seeks the formula for turning the tide of the war in Afghanistan, some aid organizations are advocating the National Solidarity Programme, a community-based development program that has made progress in some districts, setting up local councils that propose much-needed projects such as schools, drinking water facilities and roads.