Mar 4, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm    |    Rudin Family Forum for Civic Discussion, NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor

With Dana Burde, assistant professor of international education at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Fears of political indoctrination have dominated discussions of Islamic schooling among many westerners, creating a distorted view of religious education in Afghanistan and obscuring the likely educational benefits of moderate mosque schools. In fact, mosque schools provide early childhood education for many children in Afghanistan and may play an important role in preparing them for academic success. Our study in remote Afghan villages shows that children who attend these schools score better on tests of literacy than those who do not. This is particularly significant in contexts like Afghanistan where many children do not have access to formal education. These findings suggest that mosque schools merit more careful attention.

The Conflict, Security, and Development Series is co-presented by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School, the Center for Global Affairs at NYU’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies, NYU’s Global Institute for Public Health, and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner.

Each Tuesday, this series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches and highlight recent analytical and practical innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in the context of conflict and post-conflict situations.

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