Darakht-e Danesh Online Library for Afghan Educators

The Darakht-e Danesh Online Library for Afghan Educators is a repository of open educational resources (OERs) for teachers, teacher trainers, school administrators, and other education practitioners in Afghanistan. The library uses a multilingual web platform to share more than 2,000 resources across 14 subject categories.
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'Darakht-e danesh' means "knowledge tree" in Dari, one of the official languages of Afghanistan. The Darakht-e Danesh Online Library for Afghan Educators is a repository of open educational resources (OERs) for teachers, teacher trainers, school administrators, literacy workers, and others involved in furthering education in Afghanistan. The library houses high quality learning materials such as lesson plans, pedagogical tools, exercises, experiments, reading texts, work books, curricula and other resources for use in Afghan classrooms. Darakht-e Danesh responds to a pressing need to address the extreme lack of learning materials available to teachers in Afghanistan, who face unprecedented enrollment rates, poor infrastructure, large class size, and isolation from the Ministry of Education in Kabul. It is also a response to needs articulated in Afghanistan’s current National Education Strategic Plan, which stress teacher training and learning materials. There are few Dari or Pashto materials available online through other OER databases. In Afghanistan, most books are imported from Iran or Pakistan and few can be used by teachers in primary and secondary classrooms.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, which implements a teacher training program that has trained over 8,000 educators, developed the Darakht-e Danesh Library because its experience in teacher training shows that access to educational resources enhances a teacher’s subject area knowledge while encouraging them to move away from outdated methods like rote memorization and drill exercises. All resources have been carefully vetted to ensure they are linked to the Afghan public school curriculum and are relevant to Afghan learners. The resources are openly licensed and translated by volunteers while undergoing a quality review by the Library’s in-house Dari and Pashto Content Editors. Users can also submit their own resources to be added to the Library’s collection.

 

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