Ineresting Facts About Afghanistan

Don’t think you know enough about Afghanistan? well here are a few facts I have gathered for you.

  • Afghanistan celebrates its independence on August 19th from Britain. Afghanistan wasn’t actually part of the British Colony. However, they went into war three times until Afghanistan declared its independence in 1919.
  • Afghanistan’s national game is called Buzkashi, or in other words, goat-grabbing. It’s a sport where the players in two teams try to catch a goat while riding on a horse. It has been played for centuries and it even got sponsors for it nowadays
  • Afghanistan is also rich in natural resources with the main ones being natural gas and oil.
  • Afghanistan’s main source of income comes from agriculture. They produce large amounts of crops that are enough to provide for the people and export as well. They plant vegetables, fruits, rice and nuts.
  • The official language of Afghanistan is Dari and Pashto. They speak several other languages as well such as Persian, Uzbek and Turkmen to name a few.
  • The people of Afghanistan are called Afghans and not Afghanis which is the currency. A common mistake that happens among people.
  • Poetry is a big part of Afghans’ culture and it has been for centuries. In the city of Herat, women, men and children gather on Thursday night to share verses from old and new poetry.
  • Afghanistan is a landlocked country sharing borders with Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan,
  • The largest city in Afghanistan is Kabul, the capital.
  • The New Year in Afghanistan, called Nawroz, is celebrated on 21 March which is the first day of spring.

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Facts about Education in Afghanistan

  • The number of teachers in Afghanistan has increased  to 142,500  from just over 20,000 in 2010.  Nearly 40,000 of these teachers are women.
  • 10,000 schools are providing education to 7 million Afghan children
  • Only 2 out of every 5 schools are actual buildings
  • 37% of the total student population is girls, up from Zero  during the Taliban regime
  • Only 1 in 5 woman can read
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Museum and cultural center to be built in Bamiyan

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The world’s eyes were blinded from the beauty and the priceless treasures of Afghanistan. The years of war, like a black and white nightmare, never seemed to come to an end. People lost hope, like a mother would for her disabled child. However, no matter how bad a nightmare it will eventually come to an end, no matter how bad a war there will be justice, no matter how disabled a child there is always a cure.

The capital of Bamiyan Province based in the central of Afghanistan, mostly known for the three gigantic Buddha statues engraved 4,000 feet apart, one of which was 175 feet (53 m) high. The Buddha’s were known for being the world’s biggest statues. In the year 2001, the Taliban claimed it was not right to have Buddha statues in an Islamic land, so they decided to bombard the three iconic statues. Although people of the world pleaded for them to put a stop to it, the Taliban went ahead with their plans and ruined the beautifully standing statues which were found to be the home of the world’s oldest oil paintings. It left the world weeping.

Today there are plans by the Afghan Government to spend $5.4 million on a Museum and Cultural center to be built in Bamiyan. The construction project is said to come from the South Korean Government.  The museum will be providing a modern space for showcasing archaeological and ethnographic pieces. This is great news for civilians, as it will play a huge role in educating the new generation of Afghanistan on their own history as well as attracting tourists and visitors to Afghanistan. Building a museum is one of the many developments taking place in Afghanistan.

For many years the thought of visiting a museum in Afghanistan was something no one would have imagined. The good news is that people around the world can now confidently add, ‘visiting the Museum and Cultural center of Bamiyan, Afghanistan’  to their bucket lists.