Publications on the history of Ghazni
In recent years UNESCO has supported the efforts of the Afghan Government, especially the Ministry of Information and Culture, to increase public awareness of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage through a series of seminars, workshops and cultural events that aim to highlight the contribution of culture towards broader developmental goals in employment and income generation, education and the promotion of a cohesive society within the context of the process of reconstruction in Afghanistan.
As part of these endeavours, UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture have produced a series of publications and promotional materials aimed at children, youth and the general public, highlighting the different aspects of the rich and varied cultural heritage of Afghanistan. The latest instalment in this series concerns the archaeology, history, art and architecture of the province of Ghazni which we sincerely hope contributes to greater knowledge and understanding of the historic city of Ghazni and also sparks new interest among the Afghan youth to help safeguard heritage under threat from looting and destruction.
The funding for the Ghazni Publications project came from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the book “Ghazni: a city of empire builders, scholars and monuments” was also partially co-funded by the Government of Italy. The publications, together with the Italian / UNESCO project to rehabilitate the Mausoleum of Abd al-Razzaq in Ghazni, forms an important part of UNESCO’s support to the Afghan Government and the Islamic Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in their celebration of Ghazni as the “Asian Region capital of Islamic culture” in 2013.
The books are being distributed to children and youth in Ghazni through the Department of Museums and the National Commission for UNESCO which is based within the Ministry of Education. In the future, UNESCO hopes to create similar books based on the heritage of various provinces across Afghanistan to encourage greater understanding and awareness of the threats to the heritage in different parts of the country and the value in preserving it.