We’re happy to share the big news that our longtime friend/client Dr. Louise Pascale is this year’s 2014 TEDxAM speaker at Southern New Hampshire University tomorrow morning.
Nearly a year ago we blogged the release of the second children’s book “Awsana See Saana,” distributed in schools of Afghanistan (Second Children’s Songbook “Awsana See Saana” Distributed in Schools of Afghanistan). We have provided creative expertise and enormous support in the areas of design, illustration and publication for Pascal’s songbooks she takes with her to Afghanistan for near a decade.
What many want to know is, what moved Dr. Pascale to put together a children’s songbook together for the children of Afghanistan?
In the 1960s, Dr. Pascale was a Peace Corps volunteer living in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dr. Pascale worked with Afghan poets and musicians to create a children’s songbook for the schools in Kabul. Pascale traveled throughout, teaching the songs to the school children and encouraged them to draw pictures to accompany each song. The book was 1968 alongside the children’s illustrations.
Currently, there are 45,000 copies in print of her two songbooks – printed in both English and the languages of Afghanistan – each containing traditional Afghan children’s songs with an accompanying teacher’s guide. These songbooks are distributed through Afghan educational organizations to schools and orphanages in over 15 Afghan provinces.
Pascale is the founder and director of the Afghan Children’s Songbook project; an internationally recognized initiative that strives to preserves and redistribute traditional Afghan children’s songs. It was Louise’s dream to return the songs to the children of Afghanistan so that the songs would continue to live on.
Today, Pascale a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University. In addition, Pascale holds a deep passion for collecting and preserving traditional children’s music from around the world and developing creative ways to integrate this music into educational settings.
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