Over the years of war and strife, many Afghans have forgotten how to write in the beautiful calligraphy that was once common. Additionally, many teachers no longer know how to teach the subject. One Afghan teacher recognized this problem and has written a workbook to help both teacher and students learn this beautiful form of writing.
Part of Afghanistan's rich cultural history is a tradition of using calligraphy as both a way to write, and as a form of art. Over the last 30 years of war and strife, much of the knowledge of how to write using calligraphy, and how to teach the art has been lost. One of AIL's teachers has written a workbook to help reteach the Afghan public how to write using calligraphy. AIL is hoping to publish 200 copies of his book for distribution around Afghanistan.
The workbook that AIL is looking to publish does a great job of both teaching the art of calligraphy and showing teachers how to teach the art properly. By teaching more people how to write using calligraphy, AIL will help to insure the survival of this traditional art.
The value of books is clear. Reading helps us receive information, pass time, understand other people's perspectives and cultures, to write and think better, and to see a world outside of the one in which we live. At least 25,000 women and children each year will benefit from reading these books.