Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls

by Aid Afghanistan for Education
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate Women & Girls
As you know, Afghanistan is in crisis. The Taliban have taken complete control of the Afghan government and the Afghan people are fearful of what will come next. 
At AAE, our top priority is protecting our staff and students. Schools have already been closed for in-person learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they will remain closed for the foreseeable future. 
We are currently working to determine the best and safest way forward to continue ensuring that women and girls have access to quality education in Afghanistan. One program we are working on is community-based education, where students attend classes in a teacher's home. We are also actively working to distribute learning materials to the increasing number of internally displaced persons and people in dire need, as we have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We're planning to expand this program so every student in need can receive learning materials.
Since 2003, more than 2,500 students have graduated from AAE's accelerated education program. Nobody can ever take away their education, no matter what happens next in Afghanistan. 
Thank you so much for your continued support of AAE. We remain committed to providing education for marginalized women and girls in Afghanistan, just as we have over the last 20 years. 
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Learning materials ready to be donated to schools.
Learning materials ready to be donated to schools.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has adversely affected education in Afghanistan. Most parents couldn't pay the costs of their children in schools. Among them, women and girls are the most vulnerable.  

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the distribution of learning materials to the high marginalized students is among the highest priority for Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE). Indeed, lack of learning materials negatively impacts the learning process and causing a high drop out rate in schools.  

In 2021, AAE will distribute learning materials and stationery to 5,000 highly marginalized students.  Additionally, AAE is working with the Ministry of Education to improve policy and programs for marginalized women and girls.

In this reporting period, AAE had distributed blackboards, chalks, books for library and stationery in schools in Kabul and Parwan provinces.

In Kabul, AAE donated 20 blackboards and 1,248 cartoons of chalk to Hakim Khesrow High School in Kabul city.  The distribution of blackboards and chalks will significantly contribute to the learning process of the students.

In Parwan, AAE had donated 265 books to libraries in Numan and Abdul Amiri schools in Parwan province, and stationery to students in these two schools.

Thank you so much for your continued support of education in Afghanistan.

Students receiving stationery packages
Students receiving stationery packages
AAE program manager delivering chalk + blackboards
AAE program manager delivering chalk + blackboards
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Girls receiving learning materials in Kabul
Girls receiving learning materials in Kabul

Greetings from Kabul! The Aid Afghanistan for Education team hopes you and your family are having a safe and joyful holiday season. Our team has been hard at work delivering learning materials to students in Afghanistan whose education is being impacted by COVID-19.

As you can imagine, the outbreak of the COVID-19 has negatively affected education in Afghanistan. More than 8.9 million students in schools are facing the spread of the COVID-19 and shortage of learning materials, and 3.7 children are out of school, waiting for a chance to get an education. Additionally, in highly marginalized communities, families are facing economic hardship and poverty. In such conditions, it is becoming hard for a family to pay the costs of their children's education. 

Based on this understanding, AAE initiated the distribution of learning materials to highly marginalized children, mainly in refugee and IDP camps.  

AAE, in close coordination with the Kabul Education Department, distributed learning kits to 3,150 students in three communities, where most of the IDPs and refugees have resided.  The materials included learning magazines, notebooks, pens, pencils, and other needed learning materials.

The distribution of the learning materials contributed to students to fulfill their emergent educational needs and stay focused on getting the education. These materials greatly contributed them to continue their education. 

AAE will continue its effort to distribute the learning packages to students in need across the country.

We hope you will support AAE as part of your year-end giving! The need for quality education in Afghanistan is truly so great, especially now with the pandemic impacting the ability to learn together in person.

We are hopeful for a peaceful 2021 and are so grateful to have you in our community. Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and new year.

Children receiving learning kits in an IDP camp
Children receiving learning kits in an IDP camp
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The outbreak of COVID-19 severally affected education in Afghanistan. At the outset of the outbreak, schools were closed, and 8.7 million children couldn't attend school. AAE's schools closed as well.
The Ministry of Education instructed students to continue their education from home by attending the education programs through radio and televisions. However, this solution isn't affordable to most of families, especially the internally displaced people and returned refugees, a key population that we work with at AAE.  
To contribute to the continuous education during the outbreak, AAE initiated the distribution of learning materials to highly marginalized children. In the first phase, AAE mapped the IDPs and returnees camps in Kabul, and through close coordination with the Kabul Education Directorate, distributed educational materials to 300 children. 
Tracking the result of the initiative, the target beneficiaries identified the learning materials useful to their continuous education. Hanifa, a third-grade student, said, "When the schools closed, I was advised by the school management to stay at home. My family couldn't afford the costs of the self-learning materials. So, I had to continue learning without the needed materials. When I received the learning materials from AAE, since then, I am effectively learning, and I can read and write by myself."
In the next phases, AAE will expand the distribution of learning materials to highly marginalized students.
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The AAE hopes you and your family are doing well during this difficult time. Schools across Afghanistan are closed because of the COVID-19 virus, including AAE's schools. We're hopeful for a quick resolution to this crisis so we can return to class. 

In the meantime, one of our students, Khatera, asked to share her story with you. Here it is.

"In 1995, due to the civil war, my family was forced to migrate from Kabul to Quetta, Pakistan. The shift had considerable impacts on me and my family. I was working along with my father as a carpet weaver to pay for the very basic needs of our family.  During the eight years of residency in Pakistan, I couldn't make a way to get an education. "


"In 2003, I came back to Afghanistan and settled in Kabul.  My family permitted me to get an education. As a 14-year-old old girl, I wasn't allowed to get admission in public school, because of my age. The only option was to attend literacy classes." 


"The literacy classes were only up to third grade.  After graduation from literacy classes, I was desperate to pursue my education.  I made several attempts to get admission to public school, but each time failed because of my age."

  
"After several months of searching, I found Aid Afghanistan for Education schools, which had no age restriction for students. I got admitted in fourth grade. The school program was suitable for my age and needs. The 12 years schooling period compressed into 7 years and 8 months.  The learning process sufficiently contributed to my development.  During my school years, I acquired good knowledge and skills.  I made some good, life time, friends, who are quite effective in my life." 


"After graduation, I passed the Kanker Exam (annual entrance exam to Kabul university) and got admitted in social studies in my favorite university.  After graduation from university, I followed my dream of becoming a teacher.  I was recruited by a private school, where I am teaching social subjects." 

"Now, I am teaching to hundreds of girls and women and helping them to be capable personalities.  Meanwhile, I am contributing to my family by paying the school costs of my two sisters." 

"I am proud of myself and seeing myself a capable person, by having the capacity to contribute to myself and others. Indeed, this achievement would be never possible, unless I had the chance to study at AAE school."

We are so proud of Khatrera and students like her who rise above their cirumstances to achieve their dreams. Thank you for contuing your support of Aid Afghanistan for Education, and take care. 

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Aid Afghanistan for Education

Location: Kabul - Afghanistan
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Hassina Sherjan
Kabul, Afghanistan
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