Blog from the world’s smallest school shines focus on small Iranian village

I just discovered Global Voices, thanks to an article in the Washington Post.

Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.” Volunteer authors, editors and translators help make sense of the tens of millions of blogs being written all over the planet.“They are helping us to make sense of it all, and to highlight things that bloggers are saying which mainstream media may not be reporting.”

And here is one heartwarming example:

“Iran: Blogging from the Smallest School in the World

Monday, October 27th, 2008

by Hamid Tehrani

Here is another story about how blogging can change lives in a positive way and attract attention to invisible parts of this world.

Abdul Mohammad She’rani, a young Iranian teacher in a very remote village in Iran, blogged about his very small school and his four students in a small Iranian fishing village of Jamalabad Kalu near the southern port city of Bushehr.
Social media did something nearly miraculous: Iranian media and even CNN reported about this village and the government helped with road construction and other facilities. UNESCO recognised the school as the smallest in the world. You can see several photos of the school here.

CNN did a story on this school, that has made the rounds in a video on YouTube.”