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To educate a woman is to educate an entire family

Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) offers education to Afghan women and girls over 10 years old who were denied access to the formal system due to conflict, their age or marital status. AAE operates 13 schools in 6 provinces, where more than 3,000 female students attend classes. Our schools are endorsed by the Ministry of Education (MoE) which provides diplomas to our graduates. Since 2007, 1689 students have graduated from AAE programs, with 772 currently in universities, 220 in employment and some running their own businesses.

Mission

Our mission is to unlock the potential of young marginalized Afghan women through education as a means of preparing them to fully participate in society.

History

AAE started its work in 1995 with a program to educate Afghan refugees in Pakistan. In 1999, after failing to obtain permission from the Taliban to legally offer education to girls inside Afghanistan, AAE established five clandestine classrooms for 250 students in Kabul. In 2003, AAE was officially registered as an NGO in Afghanistan. Since then, we have been providing education opportunities for those who were unable to access formal education during the war, those denied access to education now due to age or marital status, and returnees who lack education documents.

Our Program

In 2002, AAE undertook an assessment of girls schools in Kabul. The findings showed a significant number of 18-year old girls enrolled in the third and fourth grades. These women had only completed the second or third grades before the outbreak of factional conflict in the city in 1992 and the ban of female education kept them from having access to the classroom until after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Most of those we interviewed at the time were eager to complete their education and had aspirations to become doctors, lawyers, teachers and engineers.

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Our Teacher Training Program is focused on creating an interactive, nurturing and learning class environment, where students discover their potential and enjoy learning. The aim of this program is to transform the teaching system from memorization, learning by rote, which tends to discourage any meaningful discussion in the classroom, to interactive class studying. This program is designed to assist teachers to help students foster their own ability to think analytically. AAE holds annual training workshops for 350 teachers in Afghanistan. We would like to expand this in order to improve the teaching system in as many provinces as possible. Our primary focus is to help teachers develop skills on various teaching methods, educational philosophies and familiarize them with psychological principles behind child and adult’s learning.

Our teacher training workshops provide introductory theories, principles and strategies for modern teaching methods. Through these workshops teachers learn methods for having disciplined classrooms, creating effective lesson plans and developing tests. Teachers gain knowledge and skill in how to improve their own performance in the classrooms, through teaching techniques, such as brainstorming, role plays, field trips and case studies. The overall goal of this program is to provide an inspirational and better organized atmosphere for learning in schools and improve communications between teachers, students, parents and administrators.
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To be truly democratic, a society requires its citizens to be aware of their civic right and responsibilities; with this in mind, AAE provides civic education for marginalized Afghan women. Despite the fact that women are directly affected by the violent conflict that afflicts Afghanistan, their voices are rarely heard. We believe that their silence is, in addition to historical discrimination and a fear of becoming victims themselves, a consequence of a lack of understanding about their rights and the skills to exercise these in their daily lives so as to bring about social and political change. Women make up more than half of the population of Afghanistan. However, only a tiny proportion of them actively participate in the social, economical and political arenas. Lack of knowledge and support groups contribute to this situation and put them at risk of becoming victims of the conflict.

 

 

Aid Afghanistan for Education is dedicated to empower women through capacity and skill building workshops. Our goal is to build capacities, raise knowledge and spread the message of democracy amongst most vulnerable women in various provinces of Afghanistan. Through capacity building workshops we aim to raise the awareness of women about their basic rights and responsibilities.  Furthermore, skill building workshops aim to provide women with the practical skills to assert their rights and more effectively contribute to social and political life within their communities. At the end of each workshop, two civic dialogues will be organized between the participants, community leaders and government officials to define specific ways in which women might more actively participate in society.

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