For years, the U.S. has pushed education as one of its major triumphs in Afghanistan. The government helped build schools, train teachers, issue textbooks and educate scores of girls. And for years, that legacy went relatively unchecked. But when Azmat Khan of BuzzFeed News began questioning the numbers and visiting schools in the region this year, she found a very different reality. On this episode, Azmat walks us through her reporting into Afghanistan’s “ghost schools.”

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CREDITS

Shawn Shinneman wrote and reported this episode. IRE Web Editor Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast.

Music in this episode is by Podington Bear and Blear Moon.