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Why Afghanistan’s past is being ‘rewritten’

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BBC, 17 August 2012 The education ministry has endorsed a new history curriculum for school students that deletes nearly four decades of the country’s war-torn past, writes the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary. But he found out that children know anyway.

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The Battle for Schools in Ghazni – or, Schools as a Battlefield

Fabrizio Foschini

The anti-Taleban uprising by the people of Andar in the spring surprised many observers and, quite possibly, the insurgents themselves. This made it possible to portray it as a spontaneous struggle of local villagers for the right to education during its first weeks. Now, a month later, AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini feels that, rather than risk […]

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Afghan University Poll Angers Officials

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IWPR, 22 June 2012 An opinion poll conducted by the Civil Society and Human Rights Network, a coalition of rights groups, and the Future for Afghanistan Children Organisation, at Balkh University in Mazar-e Sharif has sparked controversy by revealing criticism of lecturers for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘discriminatory’ behaviour and corruption. Provincial governor Atta called for those […]

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Kandahar schools brave harsh realities

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al-Jazeera, 25 May 2012 Our recent guest blogger Mujib Mashal has an interesting article about Kandahar province’s dire state of education. Students numbers, both male and female, are well below national average, as are high school graduates.Three district ‘never’ had a school.

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Guest Blog: How to name Universities or: Any Linguistic Problem in Afghanistan?

Lutz Rzehak

Language matters. The issue of what the ‘correct’ naming of an institution is, is just one of the linguistic debates that have become highly politicised in post-Taleban Afghanistan. Our guest blogger, Lutz Rzehak(*), looks at these issues from the point of view of a linguist who speaks three of Afghanistan’s languages and has carried out […]

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In Afghanistan, underground girls school defies Taliban edict, threats

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Washington Post, 25 April 2012 So back to square 1? A report about an underground girls school in a Taleban-controlled area, sounds like from the year 2000 or so. WE can just hope that the author changed the name of the village…

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تاريخ را آن‌گونه كه است بنويسيد! (Write the History As It Is!)

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Mandegar (Kabul), 11 February 2012 The Kabul-based daily criticises the decision of the Afghan Ministry of Education to issue new textbooks that end in 1973 and leave out all the recent wars: ‘It is not the first time that we experience false writing of history in Afghanistan. […] If you read the world history there […]

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In Afghanistan, a new approach to teaching history: Leave out the wars

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Washington Post, 5 February 2012 ‘A series of government-issued textbooks funded by the United States and several foreign aid organizations do just that, pausing history in 1973. There is no mention of the Soviet war, the mujaheddin, the Taliban or the U.S. military presence. In their efforts to promote a single national identity, Afghan leaders […]

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Emboldened Taliban Try to Sell Softer Image

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Wall Street Journal, 28 January 2012 In the article, Afghan education minister Faruq Wardak is quoted as confirming that the Taleban have become more lenient on education and he attributes this on pressure from the population (only). The report says further that ‘[e]ducation directors in more than a hundred of Afghanistan’s 398 districts have reported […]

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Ministry of Education reacts to “The Battle for the Schools”

Martine van Bijlert

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education has issued an official statement in Dari in response to AAN’s latest report “The Battle for the Schools”, in which it refutes all substance of the report, calls its findings fabricated and assures the great Afghan nation of its tireless efforts and the impeccable Islamic credentials of its curriculum. The full […]

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13 December: New AAN Report about the Taleban and State Education

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The new AAN report ‘The Battle for Education: The Taleban and State Education’ by authors Antonio Giustozzi and Claudio Franco looks at the Taleban’s changing attitude towards state education. In the last two years, the Taleban have increasingly allowed schools to operate in areas under their control or influence, but this has come at a […]

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The Battle for Schools: The Taleban and State Education

Antonio Giustozzi Claudio Franco

This new AAN report by authors Antonio Giustozzi and Claudio Franco looks at the Taleban’s changing attitude towards state education. In the last two years, the Taleban have increasingly allowed schools to operate in areas under their control or influence, but this has come at a price – a more conservative curriculum and more mullahs […]

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