KABUL: New Educational Tool for Afghan Teachers To Be Launched
October 25, 2014
Kabul On Tuesday October 28, a Canadian organization will launch Afghanistan’s first collection of open educational resources (OERs). OERs are learning resources that are free, have no copyright or license restrictions, can be adapted and reused or repurposed. They include documents such as lesson plans, textbooks and other reading material, storybooks, experiments, games, exercises and activities for students, maps, graphs and diagrams, and more.
The Afghan OERs collection is called the Darakht-e Danesh (‘knowledge tree’) Library for Educators in Afghanistan. It was developed over several years by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), a charitable organization established in 1996, which runs educational programs in several provinces of Afghanistan. Through CW4WAfghan’s work training in-service teachers, the organization saw a need to increase teachers’ access to high quality educational materials in their own languages. Darakht-e Danesh contains over 1,200 resources in three languages: Dari, Pashto and English, in subjects of the Afghan curriculum. Users register at www.darakhtdanesh.org where they can then search the database to download or print the educational materials. Users can also upload their own materials to share with other users.
“OERs are a promising tool for educators in Afghanistan because they can give teachers independent access to a source of knowledge, they support teachers’ professional development, they give teachers more pedagogical tools, they allow for adaptation and localization, and pool knowledge resources to make more out of less,” says Murwarid Ziayee, CW4WAfghan’s Country Director in Kabul. “OER collections have expanded around the world, giving teachers an amazing source of free eduational material; however, until the launch of this tool those documents have not been available in languages spoken in Afghanistan,” she said.
At the tool’s launch event in Kabul on October 28, guests will have the chance to learn more about OERs and how they support teachers, watch a live demonstration of the tool, and hear about how CW4WAfghan plans to expand access to this collection of resources through different methods.
English: Lauryn Oates, ProgramsDirector@CW4WAfghan.ca Tel: 079 595 0242
Dari & Pashto: Abdul Rahim Parwani, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 078 0459134