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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Darakht-e Danesh Online Library (DDL)


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

The Darakht-e Danesh Library provides 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, workbooks, 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 Library currently houses nearly 4,500 resources in almost 400 subjects, for both primary and secondary teachers, in seven languages: Dari, Pashto, English, and the Afghan minority languages of Nooristani, Uzbeki, Swaji, and Munji. 

An offline version of the Library, DDL Lite, runs in institutions across Afghanistan such as teacher colleges, schools, and at the Ministry of Education. Click here to read more about DDL Lite.

Visit the library at or www.ddl.afBy registering with the Library, you will also receive the Library’s quarterly newsletter, published in Dari, Pashto and English.

Results Highlights

  • In 2019 to date, 496 new resources were added to the library, bringing the total collection to 4,377 resources.
  • In 2018, 568 new resources were added to the library
  • 15 teacher colleges running DDL
  • An average of 100,000 views of the Library each month
  • Users representing all 34 provinces of Afghanistan
  • We’re expanding our audio-visual collection. For example, in 2019 we created and added to the library 53 educational video clips including 42 literacy lessons, 6 First Aid videos, and five new math, physics and chemistry lessons.
  • In 2019, for the first time, DDL produced and added audiobooks to the Library: the very first audiobooks published in Afghanistan.

For more about our impact, visit here, and to learn how you can support the Library, visit here.

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

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

Registered Charity #887718203RR0001

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