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Nagmi, right, a resident, wife and mother in Farghamanch village, looks through a practice notebook while 14-year-old Madida looks on in Farghamanch, Jurm district, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, Friday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2009. Nagmi has been participating in an afternoon literacy program at the new school. 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.