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The Songbook Project continues to grow and expand and reach more and more children and teachers. The latest development of the Songbook Project is the creation of a Teacher’s Guide. The Guide is designed to assist Afghan teachers in using the songs to teach basic reading and writing. Each songs has 6-8 creative ideas for teachers to use with their students.
In addition, all songbook packages that are distributed after May, 2011 will include the songbook, CD, cassette tape and a soft-cover notebook and two pencils. This will allow the children to improve their basic literacy skills while also enjoying singing their favorite childhood songs.
The Afghan Children's Songbook Project and Director, Louise Pascale honored for the songbook project and its social and educative impact of the lives of Afghan children.
Louise Pascale, Founder and Director of the Afghan Children's Songbook Project was honored in her home town, Whittier, California in October, 2010 for the work she has done with the Songbook Project. The City of Whittier commended her humanitarian effort and she was inducted into the Whittier High School Hall of Fame.
The Afghan Children's Songbook Project was selected to be part of the International Council for Caring Communities, and the United Nations,sponsored compendium project entitled: Music As a National Resource: Solutions for Social and Economic Issues. The Songbook Project was honored for its "value, ingenuity and significance."
National Geographic exhibit goes to Ottawa and London in 2010
The National Geographic exhibit, Hidden Treasure from the National Museum, Kabul will be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until Sept. 20th. The exhibit then will move to Ottawa, London and Germany. Contact NGA for more specific exhibition dates.
Director of the Songbook Project, Louise Pascale returns to Afghanistan after 40 years
Louise left Afghanistan in January, 1969 after spending 2 and a half years there with the Peace Corps. On a sabbatical from Lesley University, Louise will return to Afghanistan in October, 2009, after 40 years. During her six week stay, she plans to visit some of the schools where the songbooks have been distributed and to meet with teachers and administrators about how the songbooks can be the most useful, assess where there is most need for more songbooks, and see whether a second songbook might be needed at some point in the future.
Songbooks delivered to The Ayenda Learning Center, Bamiyan
The newly built Ayenda Learning Center opened in the spring, 2008. The Afghan Children’s Songbook was delivered to all 400 children attending the school in June 2009. The school is still short of books and other supplies and the songbook has been important both as a cultural resource and as a reading text.