Seven-thousand Feet above Sea Level, a Teaching School Garden is Slowly Taking Form

By Tahereh Sheerazie | Posted September 19, 2012

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At 7,000 feet above sea level, in a valley between the Karakorum mountain range and the Chinese border, a teaching school garden is slowly taking form in Pakistan. I have trekked around the area several times (Nanga Parbat, Deosai Plateau, etc.), and with each visit, my attention has been captured by the remote majestic beauty of the mountains and valleys of Baltistan and the gentle people who live there. My draw to this place and its population is the driving force behind my school garden effort. Continue reading

Good Governance Early Muslim Style

some reads are timeless and speak to every generation.
at the occasion of Eid ul Fitr i thought i should share one such read that a friend emailed today
Eid Mubarak to all!

Ali ibin Abi Talib, the fourth Caliph and son-in-law of the Prophet Moha

mmed peace be upon him, wrote a long letter of guidance after appointing Maalik al-Ashtar to be Governor of Egypt. He advises the new governor that his administration will succeed only if he governs with concern for justice, equity, probity and the prosperity of all.
The passages excerpted below illustrate the timeless applicability of Hazrat Ali’s admonitions. The letter itself is contained in the Nahjal Balaagha which is a collection of the letters and speeches of the fourth Caliph. Continue reading

Summer School Schedule

SUMMER SCHOOL at Abruzzi School Teaching Garden

Day 1: 20th July 2012

Introductions: welcome to summer camp 2012!

Lesson: Decomposition of Soil

Digging compost site


Activity: soil tests

The student will by the end of this class know that soil is made up of. Partly from weathered rock, partly from organic materials such as plant remains and contains many organisms. They will also know that soils differ in their colour, texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the grown of many kinds of plants.

Links between: biology, art and chemistry. Continue reading

Enviornmental leadership program – Berkley California

With a school garden on the map, we hope to create an ideal environment from which future leaders in the field of environmental and social sciences will emerge from the Abruzzi School student body. An education based

on an experiential method of learning is the staging grounds for developing a generation of

young men and women equipped to undertake the issues of environmental sustainability and policy.

7th grade students of the Abruzzi School
July 2011

wheat fields surrounding the school

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the living watershed

This DVD breathes life into the Splash Secondary Curriculum, Life in Our Watershed: Investigating Streams and Water Quality<

cialis buy/em>, by showing students how the organisms found in a typical local stream make a living. It presents a visual exploration of one of the many small foothill streams that fan

out across into the Sacramento region. Continue reading

Hot Springs near Shigar valley


Taking note of the above we now shift our attention to the north, towards the Himal and there is nothing beyond the Gilgit-Baltistan Territory, a piece of pakistan which fits inbetween the Pamir / Wakhan corridor, Kashmir and China.
Chutran Hot Spring
Choutron (Chu Tran, Basho valley, Chutung) contains a hot spring which can be described as follows:

‘The name literally means “hot water” in the local Balti tongue. In Chutran, there is a medicinal hot springs. Over the decades, the spa has become popular with the local people, who are even coming from beyond Hunza (15 hours by road) to soak in the 40-plus degree Celsius water. Nestled at the base of the northeast side of the Haramosh Range, Chutron is partially shaded and thereby relatively cool. Its scalloped terraced wheat fields are intercrossed by footpaths and stone field boundaries, all of which conspire to provide beautifully pastoral views and retains a primitive charm, seemingly stuck in in the 19th century’. source Continue reading