March 2, 2011
Photograph by Brent Stirton, National Geographic
This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features
High heels and high hopes have become vogue among teenage girls at Timbuktu's lone high school. A rise in female pupils, aided by scholarships, marks a national effort to cut Mali's 74 percent illiteracy rate.
See more photographs from the January 2011 feature story "The Telltale Scribes of Timbuktu."