"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin
In tandem with the thoughts of Sir Franklin, at Pathways, we believe in the value of experiential learning, surfacing through collaboration. Taking a step forward in creating a 'simulating and intellectually challenging environment' as stated in the Pathways Mission statement, a collaborative effort between the History Department and the Pathways Parent community brought Mr. Mustafa Nouri for a Guest Lecture with students of History and Global Politics in DP 1.
Mr. Nouri joined us to share his experiences of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan from the 1970s, which is also a core component of the syllabus of DP History. Briefly speaking, Mr. Nouri's personal journey entailed his leaving Afghanistan at the age of 10 due to the political turmoil in the state; and, his efforts since 2009 in aiding the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The presentation commenced with Mr. Nouri exploring Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage and ethnic diversity. Followed by this, we discussed the political history of Afghanistan – discussing the various states and groups which have attempted to capture Afghanistan over the years. It was undoubtedly an enriching experience for all students who could connect the theoretical aspect of Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, to the real experiences shared by Mr. Nouri of fleeing, executions, and more.
All in all, it was a truly engaging session - for both parents and teachers who joined – which would stay with the students for years to come. Nandini Sood, student of DP History, said, "The session was truly engaging. Interactive learning like this is what will take us students a step further!"
Sukkriti Nath, Head of Publication