This month, the University of Arizona and Kabul University launched an online training course on cultural heritage site preservation and management, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the National Parks Service. The strategic goal is to enhance Afghanistan’s capacity to protect its heritage and better defend itself against cultural property looting and trafficking.
This project brings together the Afghan government, university professors, and cultural heritage professionals, in an effort to expand the training available to students. Students who take the course will gain a deeper understanding of cultural heritage, as well as explore ways to preserve and protect the country’s rich heritage. Instruction will be through live broadcasts and via course materials that can be downloaded and accessed remotely.
The project will also provide an opportunity for Kabul University faculty and Afghan cultural heritage professionals to meet their professional counterparts across the globe through online interactions, facilitating professional networks of cultural heritage professionals.
The University of Arizona is assisting the Afghanistan Government’s Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Information and Culture, providing support for online distance-learning educational programs. Since 2006, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Park Service have engaged multiple stakeholders in cultural conservation efforts in Afghanistan. The State Department and the National Park Service continue their support for cultural heritage preservation in Afghanistan, including historic and archaeological sites, objects, and other heritage resources.