The Afghanistan Cultural Heritage Education Program: A Collaborative, International Education Model


The Afghanistan Cultural Heritage Education Program (ACHEP) is a collaborative project administered by the United States National Park Service and implemented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona and the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Kabul University. This international outreach effort engages Afghanistan’s educators, students, and professionals in educational programs and activities to preserve and protect the country’s rich cultural heritage and to enhance Afghanistan’s capacity to protect heritage sites and better guard against looting and trafficking. In 2017 an introductory archaeology and anthropology course was co-delivered by instructors from the University of Arizona and Kabul University. This poster explores the development of that course, how the team approached technological, physical, cultural, and security challenges and language barriers, and plans to expand the program to include an illicit trafficking of antiquities and art objects course. This course will take into account lessons learned during the first, introductory course. It will be available to members of the Kabul community as well as Kabul University students and faculty. The next course will also be supplemented with local outreach events. The model being developed through ACHEP can be used to develop other cultural heritage education programs.

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The Afghanistan Cultural Heritage Education Program: A Collaborative, International Education Model. Atifa Rawan, Jamaludin Shable, M. Hussain Ahmadzai, Jodi Reeves Eyre. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442851)

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Abstract Id(s): 21495