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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Taliban Announces Support for Education for Girls in Afghanistan

Education News – Muhammad Nadeem

“The Taliban’s top leader has announced that the radical Islamist group will support modern education in Afghanistan and some tribal areas of Pakistan located on the Afghan borders.” (more)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Despite Education Advances, a Host of Afghan School Woes

The New York Times – Rod Nordland

“It is widely accepted that demand among Afghans for better schooling — and the actual opportunity to attend, particularly for girls — is at its highest point in decades. For Western officials seeking to show a positive legacy from a dozen years of war and heavy investment in Afghanistan, improvements in education have provided welcome news.”(more)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

School that teaches Afghan girls to speak for themselves

Al Arabiya – Staff Writer

“Dah Yaya is an Afghan village set in stony hills and steeped in traditions that limit women to second-class status…But in a school set up by an Afghan-American woman…girls are learning to dream of a different future…“The more education there is, the more doors open for them.””(more)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Girls Who Risk Their Lives for Education

New York Times – Gordon Brown

“Almost unnoticed, one of the great civil rights struggles of our times is being fought out in our midst. Across the Indian subcontinent, in Afghanistan and in Africa, supporters of universal girls’ education are being threatened, assaulted, bombed and murdered.”(more)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Afghanistan ‘clears big obstacles’ in girls’ education

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Afghanistan has overcome more obstacles than any other country in its efforts to educate girls, a report has said.” (more)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sharing Perspectives, Opening Minds

Education Week – Anthony Jackson

“I’ve shared a lot of perspectives on this blog—my own and others’—on global competence. Too rarely, admittedly, does it include student perspectives on what it means to become globally competent. Starting today, I hope to remedy that.” (more)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pakistan rebuilds its education network after Taliban are driven out of Swat

The Guardian – Rina Saeed Khan

“In a rundown building in the mountain village of Sijban, girls sit at their desks, hair loosely covered in white or black scarves, staring raptly at their teacher. They say they want to become either doctors or teachers when they grow up. This is the one government primary school for girls in the Swat valley that was spared destruction by the Taliban. Their headteacher, Gul-e-Khandana, is no ordinary teacher – she stood up to the Taliban and managed to save the school where she had taught for more than 20 years.” (more)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

UMass earns grant worth $9.9 million

The Daily Collegian – Collegian News Staff

“The Center for International Education (CIE) at the University of Massachusetts’ School of Education has been awarded a one-year, $9.9 million grant to make higher education in Afghanistan more accessible. According to a release, the grant is from the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the “project is part of an overall program to rehabilitate and strengthen the education system throughout Afghanistan.”(more)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Traditional Afghan Farming Gets Modern Twist

VOA News – Douglas Wissing

“Afghanistan’s U.S.-educated Minister of Agriculture is considered one of his country’s most innovative and effective administrators. He is working with the United States and international organizations to improve Afghan farming. That effort includes one cooperative program that teaches Afghan students modern agricultural skills.”(more)