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16 June 2013, Kabul University, Kabul Province,  Afghanistan.  Students during a class at the Science Faculty at Kabul University built with the World Bank funded Strengthening Higher Education Program (SHEP). The science faculty building and much of the equipment at the University have been provided under SHEP. The objective of the program is to restore basic operational performance at a group of core universities in Afghanistan. It aims to act as a catalyst to attract resources at Afghan tertiary education in the long term.  SHEP is the first major education investment in Afghanistan by the World Bank. In 2008 it received $US 5 million from ARTF to expand infrastructure and equipment to Universities in Kabul, Nangarhar , Balkh and Kandahar.  Picture by Graham Crouch/World Bank