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To Educate a Woman is to Educate an Entire Family

History

Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) offers education for Afghans from all walks of life who are denied access to the formal education system due to conflict, their age or marital status.
Having observed, during a survey in 2002, young women of 16 to 18 years of age were attending 4th and 5th grades, we developed an accelerated education program to assist this most marginalized sector of the society.
AAE established its first accelerated education program in 2003 in Kabul for 1100 students.  Soon after, we received requests from provinces and by 2007, 13 schools were established in 9 provinces for 3000 female students.  Unfortunately, due to security, we had to close some of the schools and move from three provinces.
Currently, AAE runs 12 schools in 6 provinces, Kabul, Ghazni, Parwan, Badakhshan, Balkh, Bamyan, for over 3000 female students.  AAE graduates receive an official diploma from the Ministry of Education (MoE) based on an agreement signed between AAE and MoE.
Since 2007, 1998 students have graduated from AAE schools.  Most of our graduates attend universities or work.

 

Our Programs

An assessment of girls’ schools that AAE undertook in 2002 in Kabul revealed a significant number of 18-year old girls enrolled in third and fourth grades. Having completed second or third grades before the outbreak of conflict and Taliban’s ban on female education. Most of those we interviewed at the time were eager to complete their education and had aspirations to become doctors, lawyers, teacher, and engineers. Most importantly, they wanted to help their children and to ensure they will have a brighter future.  AAE program was the first of its kind in Afghanistan and it is the only accelerated education program providing students with a high school diploma.  Students at AAE schools, study 12 years within 8 years.  Classrooms are heated during the winter so they do not have 3 months of winter-holiday.  Formal education system in Afghanistan do not allow married women to attend class and, also, students can be admitted at the schools based on their age.  Millions of Afghans have been out of school due to years of war. AAE identified a critical need for an accelerated education program to help these young adults reach their dreams. In 2004, a year after the first three schools were established in Kabul, AAE started receiving requests from communities in the provinces for similar educational opportunities. By 2007, we had established 13 accelerated education programs in 9 provinces. In the same year, we signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to ensure that our graduates would receive an official high school diploma. Unfortunately, due to security, we had to move from three provinces. And currently, there are 12 schools in 6 provinces.

In recognition that many of our graduates need to work to provide for their families, we aim to provide them with the requisite skills through vocational training in office management, accounting, English, leadership and computer skills. All of the first cohort of 169 students attending vocational training have been able to find employment in businesses, NGOs and banks. Our accountant, who has now worked with AAE for seven years, is one of the graduates of the vocational training program. 

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 improve teaching system from a system of memorization, ‘Learning’ by rote, which tends to discourage any meaningful discussion in the classroom, to an interactive class setting. This program is designed to assist the teachers to help the students to foster their own analytical thinking ability. AAE holds annual training workshops for 350 teachers in Afghanistan and we would like to expand this to share the experience and to improve teaching system to as many provinces as possible. . Our primary focus is to develop teachers’ skills on various teaching methods, educational philosophies as well as familiarizing teachers with psychological principles behind children and adult’s learning.



Our teacher training workshops provide teachers with introductory theories, principles and strategies of modern teaching methods. Through these workshops teachers learn methods of having disciplined classrooms, creating effective lesson plans and developing tests on regular basis. Additionally, teachers gain knowledge and skill of better performing in classrooms, through learning 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 as well as improve communications between teachers, students, parents and administrators.

AAE provides civic education for marginalized Afghan women. Despite the fact that women are directly affected by years of conflict, their voices are rarely heard. We believe that their silence is the consequence of a lack of understanding of their rights and the skills to exercise it. Women make up more than half of the population of Afghanistan. However, only a few actively participate in the social, economic and political arenas.

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 provide women with the practical skills to assert their rights and be active member of their communities.

 

 

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  E-mail: info@aa4e.org

  P.O Box No. 1656, Central Post Office Kabul, Afghanistan


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