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Jeffrey Stern’s “The Last Thousand: One School’s Promise in a Nation at War”

January 20, 2017

10pm broadcast

Guest: Jeffrey Stern

At the Marefat School in Afghanistan boys and girls learn side by side about how to think independently and question authority. The school’s secular curriculum values civic participation and the arts. It’s all quite rare in a country where child brides are commonplace and co-ed education is rare. The Marefat School and its students are the focus of a new book called The Last Thousand: One School’s Promise in a Nation at War. Author JEFFREY STERN describes what he learned from spending time at the school, and the challenges students and teachers face.

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