Eyewitness Afghanistan: An Afghan Perspective

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

(Middle East)

Too often we do not hear Afghan perspectives on the war and efforts they are making to create a brighter future. Listen to this recording to learn more.

Dr. Wahab describes the challenges facing Afghans today.  He addresses the impact of the escalating war on culture, society and the environment of Afghanistan, and the need for a healthy educational system. The upcoming London conference, the current gathering of regional states in Istanbul, the postponed elections and Afghan visions for alternatives to war and occupation are all examined.

Bio

Dr. Zaher Wahab was born in Afghanistan, received a B.A. in sociology from the American University of Beirut, an M.A. in comparative education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in international development education from Stanford University.

He served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan for five years from 2002-2007, and was instrumental in designing and now teaching the only Masters Degree program for teacher education faculty throughout Afghanistan.

He teaches Foundations of Education, Race-Culture-Power, Paulo Freire, and the Middle East in Global Perspective at Lewis and Clark College and has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, Turkmenistan and twice in Kazakhstan.

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