Last 20 Years...
Aid Afghanistan for Education started to help the refugee camps by supplying the children with books and stationery and paying teachers’ salaries in 1995. In 1999, five clandestine classes for 250 girls were established in Kabul.
In 2003, the organization was registered with the Ministry of Economics of Afghanistan. After a two-month assessment, an innovative accelerated education program was launched for girls and women who were deprived of education during the years of war and those who didn’t have access to the formal education system, due to age, marital status, or lack of documentation. This was the only accelerated education that allowed the students to complete their high school within 8 years. All the graduates received an official high school certificate from the Ministry of Education based on an agreement between the Ministry and AAE.
Over 7000 female students attended 13 schools in 9 provinces. More than, 2700 students graduated from high school. Most AAE graduates pursued higher education and became breadwinners of their families.
We began our work with providing educational material to the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan in 1995.
By investing in education, we are investing in ourselves
and in the future of our world.
Hamida pursued her higher education at the American University of Afghanistan and her first job was with DAI making $900 per month. Her father was working at a bakery supporting 10 family members with $80 per month. Hamida said, “I told my father he never has to work again.”
Over 2700 students graduated with an official high school certificate from the Ministry of Education which was based on a signed agreement. Most of the graduates pursued their higher education at various universities in Afghanistan and some of them received scholarships to go abroad. Please watch the testimonial videos.
Our cook became a math teacher. Please watch Mastoora’s inspiring testimony. We designed and implemented a unique and the only program of its kind in Afghanistan for the last twenty years. This program was designed based on an extensive assessment. We learned that girls and women were not allowed to complete their high school due to marital status, age, or lack of documentation because they were displaced due to decades of war. We reached out to 7000 students in 13 schools in 9 provinces. This program enabled over 2700 graduates to have a high school certificate and most of them became the breadwinners of their families. Some of the graduates who became teachers came back to work with AAFE.
Our 210 teachers underwent regular training to transform the learning and classroom
environment. The education system in Afghanistan relies on rote or memorization methods of
learning. To foster an interactive learning environment, we had to provide ongoing teacher
training for 210 teachers with updated content.