WORLD Pakistan plans to fence up most of the 2,500-km (1,500-mile) Durand Line despite Afghanistan’s protests that the barrier would divide families and friends along the border. (Reuters) What is the Durand Line? How is the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan a troubled legacy of colonialism? Use our reference resource to learn more. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our … Continue reading Border Wall Controversy … in Central Asia
SPORTS For 11 years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, or humanitarianism. Get to know this year’s honorees, then vote for the 2016 People’s Choice. (Nat Geo Adventure) Play our game to explore like a Nat Geo adventurer, or get started with the adventure in … Continue reading Meet the Adventurers of the Year—and Vote for Your Favorite!
ARTS For many years, the Taliban banned music and the education of girls in Afghanistan—and although many women still find themselves restricted, one 17-year-old has become the country’s first female conductor. (BBC) Use our resources to learn more about Afghanistan’s rich musical history. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Watch and listen to the Afghan Youth Orchestra … Continue reading Meet Afghanistan’s First Female Music Conductor
WORLD The longest war in United States history has officially come to a close. And for many service members, the overwhelming feeling is: good riddance. (Military Times) According to the article, “Many troops base their pessimism on firsthand experience with Afghanistan, its culture and its people.” Use our resources to deepen awareness of this often misunderstood country. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of … Continue reading What did the War in Afghanistan Accomplish?
WORLD Afghanistan goes to the polls on Saturday. Hundreds of women are running for provincial council posts, and a former minister is making history as the first-ever female vice presidential candidate. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our resources to better understand Afghan culture. Discussion Ideas Read the short Christian Science Monitor (CSM) article, then read through the just-as-short article “The Taliban, Women, and Human Rights” from … Continue reading Afghan Women Run for Office