Showing posts with label Afghanistan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Afghanistan. Show all posts

Friday, October 13, 2017

Turquoise Mountain: Preserving Traditional Afghan Crafts

Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit organization that was founded by the Prince of Wales and the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. The Turquoise Mountain Institute, located in Kabul, Afghanistan, has helped transform this war-ravaged city and preserve its rich cultural heritage. Artisans learn a variety of crafts including woodworking, carpet making, ceramics, calligraphy, and jewelry making. The teaching staff at Turquoise Mountain employs some of the most skilled artisans in Afghanistan who pass along their skills to the next generation. This method of learning was nearly lost due to decades of civil war. The Turquoise Mountain Institute has played a critical role in making sure skills and knowledge of these crafts are not lost forever.

In addition to working with artisans in Afghanistan, Turquoise Mountain also helps works with Myanmar and Saudi Arabia. This organization also helps rebuild and preserve historic structures and they provide educational and health care services.

Applications for Education
Teachers can use this site to help students understand Afghan culture. The short videos produced by Turquoise Mountain illustrate the importance of passing on traditions from one generation to generation. This website can also be used by teachers looking for an example of the power of community.

This video will give you a better idea about what happens at the Turquoise Mountain Institute.

Turquoise Mountain Institute from Turquoise Mountain on Vimeo.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Search for the Afghan Girl

This week's Snag Learning film of the week is Search for the Afghan Girl. Produced by National Geographic and narrated by Sigourney Weaver, the film chronicles photographer Steve McCurry's quest to find the girl he photographed in 1984 and whose eyes captivated the world when she appeared on the cover of National Geographic. You can watch the film and find discussion questions here.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

CNN Student News Summer Special

CNN Student News has been on hiatus since early June, but they have released a special summer episode. The summer episode updates viewers on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, the World Cup, and the change in command of US Generals in Afghanistan.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Afghanistan Revealed - National Geographic Film

Last Friday I posted a link to a narrated Google Earth tour of Afghanistan. That tour included a brief history of Afghanistan prior to 2001, but was primarily focused on Afghanistan post September 11, 2001. Afghanistan Revealed was produced by National Geographic in 2001. The film explores the history of Afghanistan and the struggles of civilians against the Taliban. You can find the video embedded below or you can "snag" it from Snag Films.

Applications for Education
Afghanistan Revealed and the narrated Google Earth tour of Afghanistan are good resources for anyone that is teaching global current events right now as these resources may help students understand the recent election in Afghanistan.

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Narrated Google Earth Tour of Afghanistan

If you teach world studies or current events, chances are good that somewhere in your curriculum your students will study topics related to Afghanistan. The CBC has created an excellent narrated tour of Afghanistan. You can view the tour using the Google Earth browser plug-in. In the tour viewers will learn a little bit about the history of Afghanistan and receive an overview of events in Afghanistan since 2001. The tour is six minutes in length.

Thanks to the Google Earth Blog for the link to the CBC feature.

Applications for Education
This narrated tour of Afghanistan could be an excellent introduction to a study of Afghanistan. The tour might also be used as a review of a lesson. This tour might also be useful as the model for students to use in creating their own Google Earth tours.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Debategraph - Diagrams of Global Debates
Explore - Documentary Videos of the World
Flags of the World from Taking it Global