Mortenson: Education key to peace
By Casey Farrar
But the shift from dealing mostly with a centralized, national government to involving Afghans on a provincial level has only just begun. And it will take a greater effort by military and U.S. State Department officials for Afghans to feel ownership in the process, he said.
Mortenson — co-founder of the Central Asia Institute, an organization that promotes education and literacy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and has been involved in constructing 131 schools in the region — spoke about the role education and global literacy can play in promoting peace during two talks for the college’s James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture. Continue reading