The guide is aimed at the high school and college levels, and has the following learning outcomes:

  • Recognize and assess dangers of living under Taliban rule
  • Describe severe societal restrictions and punishments imposed by Taliban
  • Identify customs and traditions specific to Afghanistan
  • Compare living in a democracy with living in a society ruled by Taliban
  • Compare education opportunities living in Afghanistan and the U.S.
  • Analyze the role of family to reach common goals
  • Evaluate the impact of work ethic to accomplish goals
  • Appreciate the importance of global education
  • Appreciate the role of problem solving and creativity to overcome obstacles
  • Appreciate the opportunities available for American citizens

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Harvard Business School Case Study

This work on women entrepreneurs started while I was at Harvard Business School. Later, while I was writing The Dressmaker, Harvard Professor Geoff Jones asked me whether we shouldn’t teach a case study around the book? For the past two years we have taught a class on the entrepreneurial lessons of Kamila’s story. The case and the class discussion explore questions about doing business in conflict regions, the staying power of women entrepreneurs, and how to find opportunity amid adversity.

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