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DD Library Interviewed in New York Times

The DD Library Development Manager was interviewed recently by The New York Times about the growing interest in books in Afghanistan. Check out the article here.

Open Education Global

In March DDL was pleased to attend the Open Education Global conference in Cape Town, South Africa, through the support of ROER4D, under which the DDL has been supported to conduct an impact study in Afghanistan. We presented the findings of the study on the use of DDL in rural Afghanistan. We found that DDL improved lesson plans and helped initiate collaboration among students.

Sponsor the Library

The Darakht-e Danesh ('knowledge tree') Library is a collection of learning materials for Afghans, especially used by Afghan teachers. It includes a wide range of subjects, from Health Sciences to Linguistics to Special Education, in Dari, Pashto and English. But we need to grow it! We are looking for donors to sponsor new subject collections. Sponsorship covers the costs of sourcing material, translation, editing, graphic design, programming and promotion, and includes naming rights for the collection for the donor, if desired.

Contest for Women Students of Teacher Colleges

We are pleased to announce the opening of a contest open to female students attending government teacher training colleges (TTCs) in the following 11 provinces: Kabul, Parwan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Khost, Kandahar, Herat, Badakhshan, Takhar, Bamyan and Faryab. Contestants can submit their original educational resources for the chance to win prizes, by October 22, 2017. For full contest rules, please visit this page.

New Video About Open Licensing

As part of our efforts to support users to license their works when submitting materials to the Library, or to choose an appropriate license when submitting work created by others, we have made Dari and Pashto versions of this video about Creative Commons licenses created by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.

Collection policy

DDL has now published its Collection Policy. This policy outlines what types of items are included in the library and the process by which items come to be added. The Resource Quality Checklist provides additional guidance on evaluating resources for inclusion.

Website redesign

Our new homepage ( offers a great new way to explore our collections by topic area and specific subject. We've created a graphical hierarchy of overarching topic areas like Life Sciences and Language Arts, each with its own list of specific subject areas. We are working on populating these subject areas with resources for teachers at any level.

"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.