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Please help us grow the Darakht-e Danesh Library. Here’s how:

SHARE RESOURCES > > While there are now more than 100 subjects in the library for Afghanistan, we have a shortage of resources in some subjects, especially: Literacy; Agriculture; Poetry; Elementary Education; Afghan History; World History; Grammar; Botany; Ecology; Genetics; Nutrition; Statistics; Psychology; and Space Sciences; Early Childhood Education; Pedagogy; Mathematics; Journalism; Geology; Special Education/Inclusive Education; Botany; Nutrition; Zoology; Archeology; Political Science; and Social Work. Please share your own work, or share resources that are permissible to share online (openly licensed resources). For more about our Collection Development needs and criteria, please review our Collection Development Policies. To upload resources to the Darakht-e Danesh Library, please register first, then visit the Submit a Resource page.

TRANSLATE > > If you are a bilingual person who can speak English, and Pashto or Dari, and you have strong writing and translation skills, please help translate more Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Afghan teachers. To learn more about volunteer translator opportunities, please click here.

DIVERSIFY LANGUAGES > > If you are a Pashto speaker, we need your help! We would like to grow our collection of educational resources in the Pashto language. We welcome original contributions, translated materials or tips on where we can find more Pashto resources to add to the collection. In addition, besides Dari and Pashto, the Library also accepts resources in other Afghan languages including Uzbeki, Nooristani and Munji. Contact us if you would like to be a volunteer translator in a minority Afghan language.

SPONSOR A SUBJECT > > The Library is seeking donors who can cover the costs of establishing new collections of in-demand subjects. A subject collection sponsorship covers 10 new Pashto, 10 new Dari and 10 English resources, to start off a new collection. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.  

MAKE OER > > If you are an Afghan teacher, please share Pashto or Dari digitalized resources that you use in your own classroom. You can type up lesson plans, tests, exercise sheets, experiments, games, or other resources that you find helpful in your own teaching. Maybe you invented the resource or idea yourself or maybe you learned it from another teacher. In either case, by sharing your resource you can make an impact in many different classrooms at the same time. To upload resources to the Darakht-e Danesh Library, please register first, then visit the Submit a Resource page.

PARTNER > > The DD Library has content partnerships with many different organizations. If you are with an education or media organization that has produced high quality local language learning or teaching materials, please consider adding your materials to this Library. Please digitalize and upload your materials, and help support Afghan teachers. Upload them in the library, or email them to us, or contact us to discuss a formal content partnership.

DONATE > > The Darakht-e Danesh Library is a non-profit project of the charity CW4WAfghan, which supports education for women and girls in Afghanistan. We welcome donations of any size to help grow the Darakht-e Danesh Library, or to support the Technology for Education program in Afghanistan. Donate to the Darakht-e Danesh Library: every contribution helps!

FUNDRAISE > > You can host a Breaking Bread potluck dinner for girls' education in Afghanistan.

VOLUNTEER > > Besides our program for volunteer translators, we have an active volunteer program in Kabul, virtual volunteer opportunities, and volunteer roles in Canada. Contact us to learn more!

"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.