Afghan girl vows to keep learning after school attack

15-year-old Fatima Noori and her classmates have all huddled together again, for the first time since their school was bombed in a horrific attack last month.

The Sayed Ul-Shuhada High School in west Kabul, Afghanistan has remained closed since the bombings on May 8.

The attack killed at least 80 people and left 160 people injured, most of them schoolgirls.

A local NGO and Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health are now hoping to help the survivors work through their trauma from that day.

Fatima says she was getting ready to go home when the first bomb exploded outside the school gates.

"When I first entered the school (after the blast) to attend the psychotherapy class, I was very scared and worried that the same incident might happen again. I even fainted near the school gate."

Western nations have touted girls' education as one of the key successes of years of foreign presence in Afghanistan.

More than three and a half million girls there are now enrolled in school, according to the U.S. government, compared to zero during the Taliban's rule in the late 1990s.

But as foreign forces prepare to leave Afghanistan later this year, some hardline Islamist groups have felt emboldened to threaten the progress that's been made.

No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack on Fatima's school, and the Taliban has denied any responsibility.

But Fatima has vowed to keep learning, no matter the cost.

"I'm not afraid of coming back to school, even if there might be another explosion. I want to come back to school even more strongly than before and continue my studies... My message to the perpetrators of these attacks is that you are carrying out these attacks to stop us, but we will never stop, and we will stand stronger than ever."

According to UNICEF, an estimated 3.7 million children in Afghanistan, 60% of them girls, are still out of school.