Americans and Afghans Working Toward a Better Tomorrow in Afghanistan
Aeshaq, a young man from a rural village near Ghazni, Afghanistan, grew up witnessing injustices, war, terrorism, and abuse - as everyday occurances. Among other evils, he was particularly appalled at the denial of education to his sisters and mother.
(Photo by Aref Yaqubi)
In 2012, Aeshaq arrived in the United States as a refugee with the continued determination to help his country. While learning English, he learned from American friends about the Montessori Method for promoting early childhood education. He resolved to bring to children in Ghazni, including his own, the benefits of the Montessori educational method, and to create a model by which to spread the very concept of early childhood education in Afghanistan.
Montessori encourages children to select from among materials designed to teach proportions, colors, spacial relationships, mathematics, and other concepts. An important part is allowing children to make a mistake and encouraging cooperative activity so that children can correct mistakes of each other.
"Through this Montessori-inspired program, children are able to develop their natural curiosity, to learn to love to discover new things, and particularly to develop their ability to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. I only wish that there had been something like this when I was growing up."
This is a small beginning for a small project, which could however – Inshallah – God Willing -- grow into a major influence on the culture and the attitudes of the younger generations in Afghanistan.
The next challenge is to raise funds sufficient to repeat the creation and support of additional classes, focusing on the model of an independent Montessori-inspired, home-based pre-school.
Many people have helped to make and sustain this little school. Some of the people are in the pictures below. Some supporters are anonymous, but nonetheless crucial.
First Teacher / Mentor
First Web Master
Translator and Montessori Materials Donor
Montessori Teacher Trainer Consultant