Oct 15, 2019

Progress on adult education policy in Afghanistan

Thank you so much for your support for the expansion of Aid Afghanistan for Education's accelerated learning program in Afghanistan. It's a long process, but we have faith that the hard work will be well worth it in the end!

Right now, there are policy barriers for the establishment of two new schools in Kabul for married women and overage girls. The Deputy Ministry of Literacy is working to develop the Policy for Adults Education in Afghanistan. The policy will provide support to the expansion of our Accelerated Education Program across the country.  

Besides this, AAE is working with the Ministry of Education to include the Accelerated Education Program into the Girls' Education Strategy. The development of Girls' Education Strategy and Policy for Adults Education was somewhat affected by the general election in Afghanistan, which took place on September 28. As you can imagine, the country-wide election was disruptive to everyday life in Afghanistan. Voter turnout was very low because many people feared threats from extremist groups. Here is an article from BBC where you can read more information about the election.  

AAE will continue its work with Deputy Minister of Literacy to push forward the development of Adult Education Policy and will look to ensure the inclusion of the program in Girls' Education Strategy.  

Once the program included in the Girls' Education Strategy, AAE will be able to start working more concretely toward the establishment of two new schools.

Sep 18, 2019

Meet Malalay, Farida, and Spozhmai

I'm so excited to introduce three of Aid Afghanistan for Education's star students to you. They are all Kochi nomads who now live in Kabul. Traditionally, Kochi people in Afghanistan have been very marginalized and have not had access to crucial services like education. Especially with recurring droughts in rural areas of Afghanistan, many Kochi people have experienced difficult lives, and some are choosing to live in cities like Kabul.

Malalay and Farida, sisters, joined AAE's school when they were 15 and 16 years old. When they graduated recently, Malalay was ranked second in her class and Farida was ranked sixth. While they wanted to pursue political careers in parliament, their families are conservative so they are not planning to go to university at this time. When asked about the importance of their education, they said, "We are very happy and proud because no one is literate or has a high school degree in our family. So when the electricity bill comes, they bring it to us to read it."

Spozhmai, another recent graduate from a Kochi family, said, "I am the only one in our tribe with a high school diploma, and the only one who is pursuing a career. I am studying to be a midwife."

Malalay, Farida, and Spozhmai are all the first women in their families, and some of the first from their tribes, to earn a high school diploma. It's because of support from you that AAE is able to serve such marginalized communities in Afghanistan, and we're very grateful for our support. While I wish we could share photos of these three celebrating their achievements, they have asked us to respect their privacy and safety by not posting photos. 

Thank you, as always, for your steadfast support of accelerated education for marginalized Afghan women. 

Jul 15, 2019

New Beginnings in Kabul

Warm greetings from Kabul!
Right now, we are in the preliminary stages of getting the paper work done to open two new schools in Kabul. Soon we'll focus on mobilizing students and meeting with communities to make sure everyone is ready and excited to have a new school in their neighborhood.
These schools will benefit hundreds of students like Rayhana, a 28-year-old 12th-grader at one of our other Kabul schools. She left school in 9th grade to take care of her sick mother for eight years. When her mother passed away, Rayhana was responsible for her three younger siblings. She tried to return to a public school, but since she had missed so many years, the school would not let her enroll. And so she turned to AAE. 
Now, Rayhana is nearing graduation and works as a tailor to support seven children, including her nieces and nephews she became responsibel for after her sister died. 
She is one of AAE's top students and is looking to continue her studies to make a better living for her family.  She is very strong and said, "I have to have hope and be strong. I have lots of responsibilities."  
She is graduating this year and we are working with the Karzai Foundation to support Rayhana's higher education.  
Thank you for your support to start new schools in Kabul! 
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