Brighter future for Afghanistan's girls?
11 October 2012 Last updated at 07:29 BST
More than three million girls in Afghanistan are now receiving some form of education - a sign of the country's changing attitudes towards women.
During the Taliban era, girls were not allowed to go to school and around two million in mostly rural areas have still never attended classes.
Despite the changes, girls and women still face many restrictions in the country's male dominated society, and an uncertain future once Nato forces withdraw.
Andrew North reports from Kabul.