With internet access, current and future educators in Afghanistan can develop their subject knowledge, discover new approaches and methods to teaching, design better lesson plans, find materials to use in the classroom, and access education research.
Investing in teachers’ access to information is more important than ever today in Afghanistan. Sometimes children are not learning to read and write at all, despite spending years in school. Teachers are often isolated from the resources they need to help them be better teachers.
To change this, we want to harness the power of technology, and increase access to information and educational materials online by Afghan educators, as well as to our own local language collection of educational material, the Darakht-e Danesh (knowledge tree) digital library (www.darakhtdanesh.org). We are specifically targeting female student teachers at public Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs), the faculty of TTCs, and in-service teachers who use the services of TTCs.
Highlights of Results
CW4WAfghan has an agreement with the colleges and the Ministry of Education to cover the initial costs of Internet installation and Internet service for a period of 12 months with the Ministry of Education taking over the costs of monthly service thereafter. We connected 11 teacher training colleges (shown in red), while seven other colleges are running DDL Lite (shown in yellow), the offline version of the Darakht-e Danesh Library.