The Roqia Center carries out research in the fields of Afghan women’s studies, women’s rights, and democracy.
Kabultec founder Nasrine Gross has written three books:
- Memories of Malalay is a where-are-they-now compilation of former students and staff from Malalay, the first girls high school in Afghanistan, from which Nasrine graduated.
- Afghan Identity is an examination of the war and peace process from the perspective of several different social groups within Afghanistan.
- Women in the Koran is a compendium of all references to women in the Koran.
Kabultec has also been a part of several academic research studies:
- The Social Impact of Literacy of Married Couples: In June 2004, Chair of the Graduate Department of Social Psychology at New York University, Dr. Susan M. Andersen, visited Afghanistan and specifically Kabultec’s sister organization, the Roqia Center in Kabul. Her purpose was to explore the impact of literacy training on social behaviour. She conducted interviews with a number of recent graduates of the Kabultec/Roqia Center program as well as some of those currently studying, and she made extensive video recordings of her interviews. After her return, she produced a 27-minute film of her interviews, and wrote an academic paper on the results of her research.
- Adult Literacy Education and Human Rights: A View from Afghanistan (paywall): This is the academic paper written by Dr. Andersen on the results of her research. The paper’s citation is Susan M. Andersen and Christina S. Kooij, “Adult Literacy Education and Human Rights: A View from Afghanistan,” in Globalization, Societies and Education, 5, 3 (2007), and exists behind a paywall of the publisher (Taylor and Francis). Dr. Andersen also wrote a short paper specifically for Kabultec, which can be downloaded here.
- Love Letters from Kabul: This is the 27-minute film produced by Dr. Anderson from her interviews in Kabul.. The title came from one of the responses of a young man who was asked what he liked about reading and writing. His response was, “Well, now I can write love letters to my wife.” The film is not available online to the public, for copyright reasons. Since its production, however, the film has been shown numerous times to groups in several countries including the US, Canada, France, India and Afghanistan. Dr. Andersen or a member of Kabultec can show the documentary to groups that wish to see it. Please contact us!
- Poullada Analysis of Kabultec’s Literacy Program: Mr. Philip Poullada, an independent researcher came to Kabul and offered to analyze Kabultec’s data pertaining to our literacy classes. The results of that study have helped Kabultec to better understand our target populations and some of our practices. The study can be downloaded here.
In addition, several articles and papers have been published as a result of Kabultec research. For a complete list of Kabultec and Roqia Center publications, please visit our main publications page.