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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Darakht-e Danesh Online Library


How the Darakht-e Danesh Library is Changing Learning in Afghanistan.

The Darakht-e Danesh Library's mission is to provide Free and Open Educational Resources for Afghanistan. The Library is a digital repository of open educational resources (OERs) for teachers, students, and anyone with a curious mind who wants to learn more on a particular subject. Darakht-e danesh means "knowledge tree" in Dari, one of the official languages of Afghanistan. The library's learning materials include lessons, exercises, experiments, backgrounders, work books, curricula, full texts such as children's stories and other resources for Afghan teachers to develop their knowledge on a subject or use in their classrooms, as well as general information on a range of subjects.

The Library was created to increase access to quality, locally adapted educational resources, to encourage teachers to consult a wide variety of information sources in their practice, and to support teachers to adapt, create and share their own resources with other educators. We believe that digitalization can make more out of less and nurtures teachers' independent learning and professional development. The DD Library currently houses more than 3,500 resources in over 360 subjects, for both primary and secondary teachers, in seven languages: Dari, Pashto, English, and the Afghan minority languages of Nooristani, Uzbeki, Swaji and Munji. The Library runs in 17 teacher colleges in Afghanistan, at the Ministry of Education, and in numerous other schools and institutions in both its online version, as well as an offline version, DDL Lite. Visit the library at or

Results Highlights

  • In 2018, 568 new resources were added to the library, bringing the total collection to over 3,500 resources
  • 15 teacher colleges running DDL
  • An average of 100,000 views of the Library each month
  • Users representing all 34 provinces of Afghanistan

For more about our impact, visit here.

Our thanks to the Linda Norgrove Foundation for their support toward this initiative in 2015.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

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