CW4WAfghan staff and volunteers were saddened to hear of the passing of Shannon Zwicker. Shannon helped found the Edmonton Chapter and is lovingly remembered for her dedication to enriching the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan. Libby Bolstler, Edmonton Chapter President, says,"Shannon was certainly the engine behind the origins of the Edmonton Chapter. I know when I joined a few years ago, I was impressed with her energy and positive approach to everything we did. We miss her greatly!"
Dr. Lauryn Oates will be presenting at the Open Education Global Conference in Poland in April 2016 and has had a paper accepted. Abstract: The Darakht-e Danesh (‘knowledge tree’) Online Library is the first open educational resource (OER) initiative in Afghanistan, established to enhance teacher subject-area knowledge, access and use of learning materials, and to foster more diverse teaching methodologies in order to improve learning outcomes in Afghan classrooms.
Kabul, Afghanistan, 8 March 2016 – The Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) and the Darakht-e Danesh (DD) Library have partnered to make a collection of original writing by Afghan women and girls available through the DD Library’s www.darakhtdanesh.org platform in Afghanistan, which is used by teachers and others seeking learning materials. The articles by AWWP writers will be in Dari, Pashto and English. The collection is launched today, on International Women’s Day, in Afghanistan.
Afghan Schools to Gain Local-Language Learning Materials through International Partnership
Dublin, Ireland, & Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 February 2016 - Ireland-based charity The Rosetta Foundation, and the Afghanistan-based Darakht-e Danesh (DD) Library have partnered to expand the learning materials available in languages spoken in Afghanistan for Afghan schools. The partnership mobilises the Foundation’s community of 11,000 volunteer translators around the world through its Translation Commons (Trommons) platform, and will make materials accessible in Pashto and Dari through the DD Library’s www.darakhtdanesh.org platform in Afghanistan.