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Translation Day in Kabul

Thank you to our amazing volunteer translators who came out on March 29th for the first Translation Day in Kabul!

Says Abdul Rahim Ahmad Parwani, Darakht-e Danesh Library (DDL) Content Manager, "The event helped to build a strong translation team, which appointed a new volunteer coordinator. Volunteers translated five children's story books from English to Farsi and Pashto and from Farsi to Uzbeki. By the end of the event they had translated 15 books, which will be edited and illustrated and then published to DDL. Translation Day was an opportunity to deliver our message about the need and importance of translation in Afghanistan and to share our achievements, programs and our plans for the growth of DDL, including adding materials in Uzbeki, Turkmani and Nooristani. We also asked the Afghan Government to officially establish a day as Afghanistan Translation Day. Thank you to Saeedi Publishers, which donated 52 books to DDL."

Says Lauryn Oates, Programs Director, "A huge congratulations to our Country Office on hosting the first Translation Day in Kabul at Sufi Restaurant. The event was a great success! I'm grateful to all the staff for their dedication and hard work pulling this off. And excited about the prospect of this becoming an official day designated by the Afghan Government, and an annual tradition in Kabul. Well done everyone!"

Adds Parwani, "The event wouldn't have been so successfully held without the excellent work and help of staff members Munir Ibrahimi, Jamshid Hashimi, Jamila Sofizada and Basir Anwari and our volunteers: Nazir Yosofi and Hafiz Ghafoori.  I would like to sincerely thank each of them for their excellent work and support!"

"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.