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AWWP Writers’ Work to be Available in Digital Library for Educators

For immediate release

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 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.

“The new AWWP collection in our digital library will allow us to showcase the creative writing and essays of talented women and girls within Afghanistan, at the same time that it gives us material sourced from within the country for educators to use,” said Lauryn Oates, the director of the Darakht-e Danesh Library. “The AWWP collection in the DD Library will make the writers’ work accessible to a new audience. The DD Library has registered users in every province of Afghanistan, with new users added daily,” she added.

“The DD Library is a rich resource for the people of Afghanistan and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project is pleased to share the poems, essays and and real life stories of Afghan women and girls through this forum. It will mean that Afghan people access diverse stories that reflect the real lives of women in this country, written by Afghan women in their voices,” said Seeta Habibi, the Country Director for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

Library users will be able to read and/or download the articles from the library in the language of their preference. The collection will also expand the DD Library’s original content by Afghan writers, alongside the hundreds of translated materials in the library. The collection is expected to also have educational value. Teachers and students can use the works to study modern literature by Afghan women, to discuss the themes of the pieces, to teach reading and writing, and for a range of other classroom and learning uses.

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Media Inquiries:

Darakht-e Danesh Library: Jamshid Hashimi, Development Manager
E: T: + 93 (0) 785 311 525 (Afghanistan)

Afghan Women Writers Project: Najma Zarbafian, Deputy Country Director
E: T: + 93 (0) 79971 3751


About Darakht-e Danesh:

Text Box:  The Darakht-e Danesh (‘knowledge tree’) Online Library is a digital collection of open educational resources (OER) for Afghanistan. It was 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. The repository uses an interactive, multilingual content management system currently housing OER in 18 subjects, in the three languages taught in the Afghan public school system: Dari, Pashto and English. Users can find everything from biology experiments to social studies lesson plans to full text children’s storybooks. The DD Library harnesses technology to make learning and teaching resources more directly accessible to educators, and anyone who wants to feed their knowledge, through innovative access models reaching teachers in resource-scarce environments.


About The Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP):

Writing Salons: Once a month, AWWP sponsors writing salons in 7 provinces where writers gather at a secure location to read aloud their work in progress and share their writing experiences.Text Box:  AWWP’s mission is to support the voices of women with the belief that to tell one’s story is a human right. In Afghanistan, AWWP runs the following activities:
Training Workshops: AWWP operates online workshops for Afghan women mentored by professional writers.
Oral Stories: AWWP includes an oral stories component to capture the voices and stories of women who lack literacy skills.
Internet Access: Unlike in the United States, Internet access is not readily available to Afghans at home. To enable writers to create and send their essays, stories, and poems, AWWP provides laptop computers and Internet access to many of our writers. AWWP depends on readers’ donations to fund writers’ access to laptop computers and Internet service.

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." ~ Socrates
"If your tree brings the fruit of knowledge / it shall bring the sky down to the earth” - Nasir Khusraw (1004 – 1088 AD)
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -- Herbert Spencer
Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. -- Hadith
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ― William Arthur Ward
Asking good questions is half of learning. -- Sufi saying
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. ― Aristotle
Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm. -- Idries Shah
We were scared. But school was where we wanted to be. -- Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Afghan education activist
Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim, male and female. -- Hadith
Education is a living treasure for all humankind. ~ Ehsan Ullah, Founder, Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
A teacher is a candle that burns to enlighten others. ~ Afghan proverb
There is a path to the top of the highest mountain. ~ Afghan proverb
Drop by drop a river is made. ~ Afghan proverb
We should all attempt to acquire as much knowledge as possible in order that we may render our services to society in the manner of the women of early Islam. -- Queen Soraya of Afghanistan, 1926
If you learn even one word more than yesterday, you will be totally a different person.