Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate 3000 Women

Jan 27, 2014

Aid Afghanistan for Education fights poverty

Classroom setting in AAE schools
Classroom setting in AAE schools
Education opens doors to jobs and a better world.  

Sabira is an Afghan woman who got married almost 20 years ago, and has three children.  Her husband works as a clerk at the Ministry of Economics. His monthly salary is Afs.4500 (US$77).


One of her children is a first-grader in elementary school.  Sabira herself is in the 9th grade.  Her two other children are too young to go to school, so when she goes to school, she leaves them with her neighbors until she returns home.


She gets up very early each morning to prepare breakfast for her husband and children. When her husband leaves the house she attends to different chores such as washing dishes, clothes, cleaning the home, sweeping the yard, taking care of her children, making lunch, etc. 


The winter cold is overbearing, but due to the weak economy, Sabira cannot buy any heating material.  Plus, her husband suffers from a gallbladder problem that requires an operation, but has no money for doctors' fees.


Sabira's goal is to complete her education at AAE so that she can find work and help support her family. She needs all the help she can get to survive, along with the many other Afghans who are in dire need of help.


Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE)

Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) is a non-profit organization based in Afghanistan. In 1996, Hassina Sherjan left the United States to establish AAE for the purpose of stopping the plight of Afghan women and children under the inhumane and oppressive rule of the Taliban. Hassina had to establish underground schools in Afghanistan for women and children during the Taliban era because the Taliban prohibited women from attending school. AAE's mission is to unlock the potential of young, marginalized Afghans through education and allow them to escape poverty.


Give the gift of Education and Peace

AAE depends on your support to continue its work to provide education and hope for the families of Afghanistan. Education opens the doors to employment, and employment is the foundation for the survival of nations. It all leads to stability and peace. After decades of war, Afghanistan wants the peace and prosperity it once enjoyed.

Hassina Sherjan issuing diplomas to graduates
Hassina Sherjan issuing diplomas to graduates
Students at an AAE-based school
Students at an AAE-based school


Oct 29, 2013

Education in Afghanistan Builds Peace and Hope

Khayer Khana school
Khayer Khana school

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A Story of an Afghan Mother

Nadia is 29 years old.  She supports a family of nine, children plus her in-laws and husband's uncle who is an elderly man with disabilities and cannot work.  Nadia dropped out of school at 16 as a young bride.  Ten years and 3 children later, she learned about Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE).  She quickly took the chance to be an educated woman and perhaps a breadwinner.

She just completed her education a few months ago and now works as a Kindergarten teacher.  Her monthly income of $80 is vital and helps the family.  Her husband only makes $160 a month, so without hers, life would be nearly impossible.

Nadia's goal is to become a Chemistry teacher.  She has applied to enter university and is waiting word.  She vows to see that her own children receive their education.

Your Support Creates a Legacy

By contributing to AAE, you have helped support other mothers like Nadia.  When you educate a mother, United Nations research shows that an entire community is impacted with better health and education for children. Plus, we have expanded to include a boys school, because boys, too, need education to find hope for the future in Afghanistan.

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AAE depends on your support to continue its work to provide education and hope for the families of Afghanistan. Educations open the doors to employment, and employment is the foundation for the health of nations.  It all leads to stability and peace.  After decades of war, Afghanistan wants the peace and prosperity it once enjoyed.

The Story of AAE

Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) is a non-profit organization registered with Afghanistan Ministry of Economy.  It is the only NGO whose curriculum is recognized by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and is the only Afghan NGO able to provide high school diplomas to its students opening doors to higher education.

AAE’s mission is to unlock the potential of young marginalized Afghans through education as a means to prepare them to fully participate in the society. The goal is to provide quality education to ensure students, who do not otherwise have access to formal education, receive quality teaching. AAE established its first education programs in 2003 in Kabul with 1,100 students.

From 2005 to 2007, AAE expanded to Ghazni, Wardak (closed due to rocket attack in 2006), Bamyan, Badakhshan, Samangan, Balkh, Jowzjan, Sar-e-Pul, and Parwan provinces. Currently, 3,200 female and 103 male students on enrolled to 13 AAE Schools in Afghanistan (2,932 currently in school).  AAE has graduated more than 1,000 students so far

AAE is also the only NGO with a comprehensive accelerated education program for the female and male population who have not had access to education or do not have access to education due to the MoE’s restricted policy[1]. AAE students complete their high school within 7 years and 9 months.

AAE’s education programs support the first and second priority areas identified by the Ministry of Education by creating education opportunities for young Afghans, mainly for girls in very rural and remote areas of the country. Therefore, AAE’s accelerated education does not only benefit the young Afghan girls to catch up and continue their education, but it also contributes towards the accomplishments of national level education plans by the Ministry of Education.

With successful conduct of final examinations in Kabul, 117 students of 12th grade were graduated and received admission to the government administered Conquer examination. As reported so far, 29 of these graduates who sat the Conquer have received admission to various higher education institutions in the country.

Out of nine 12th grade students of Bamyan School, eight of them attempted to take the government administered conquer exam this year.  Meanwhile, 82 earlier graduates of Badakhshan, Parwant, Ghazni and Bamyan provinces also took the Conquer exams this year and 24 of them gained admission to various higher education institutions.


[1] Article 268 & 269, Chapter 7, law on acceptance conditions to primary grades Article 46, law on accepting conditions to secondary grades
Graduation Kabul 2012
Graduation Kabul 2012
Parwan School
Parwan School
Hassina Sherjan
Hassina Sherjan


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Hassina Sherjan

Kabul, Afghanistan

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