Create New Women's Schools in Kabul

by Aid Afghanistan for Education
Create New Women's Schools in Kabul

Thank you so much for all your support to help Aid Afghanistan for Education create new women's schools in Kabul. There is a great need for schools like ours, providing remedial accelerated education to mothers, widows, and returned refugees. For now, though, we have to put this project on pause and focus on supporting the students already in our community. 

This year has brought incredibly difficult times to us all with COVID-19, and in Afghanistan, we have faced delays with the government and funding gaps. We are hopeful for the future, and know that our community is invested in helping us serve more students. 

While we are closing this GlobalGiving project, we will continue raising funds to support students through our main project, which you can learn more about here

Thank you again for your generosity—we are so thrilled and encouraged to have your support! We hope that you and your family are taking care and keeping safe. 

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A student with 4 daughters receiving a food pack
A student with 4 daughters receiving a food pack

Hello dear friends, 

All of us here at AAE hope you and your communities are keeping safe, wherever you are. Schools around the world are closed because of the pandemic and AAE schools are no exception. Afghanistan does not have the infrastructure to support e-learning, so education for many students is simply on pause until this virus passes.

As such, this project to open new schools is also paused. All this global uncertainty presents a challenge when planning, but we are committed to the education of women and girls in Afghanistan, and are hopeful for the future. 

Our team has been busy responding to the needs of our particularly vulnerable students, including some who are widowed, single mothers. Their work at tailoring shops or schools has stopped and they have no income. We have been distributing packages of food and cash to support them while the city is essentially closed.

It is not easy working in Afghanistan, and COVID-19 adds an extra layer of difficulty. Please keep safe and well, and we will do our very best to do the same. 

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Dear friends, 

Happy New Year! We hope that you and your families have had a restful holiday season and peaceful 2020 so far. We certainly felt the love from you - our global community of supporters came together to raise nearly $11,000 to sponsor students' education and invest in new schools. We are so incredibly grateful!

You may know that Afghanistan held presidential elections on September 28, 2019, two weeks after President Trump froze the peace talks. Even though it has been four months since the elections, a winner has not been officially declared. The election had a very low voter turnout, many protests, and allegations of fraud, and the Independent Election Commission has a lot to work through. 

Partnership with the government and Ministry of Education is very important to the success of Aid Afghanistan for Education's schools, especially when it comes to opening a new school, and so we will continue waiting for the election results before moving forward with this project. It's very important to be patient when working in Afghanistan!

I do want to share with you the story of Khatera, a successful AAE graduate. She says:

"I was a refugee in Pakistan and when I returned to Afghanistan, the only option for me were simple literacy classes, which didn't provide general education. I kept looking around until I found Aid Afghanistan for Education. I was admitted at 4th grade at the age of 18, and after graduation, I attended pedagogy. After graduation, I found a job to teach, which allows me to provide for my family.  Establishing schools like Aid Afghanistan for Education is very important for people like me."

Our team is hopeful and confident that new schools, once we're able to move forward, will benefit hundreds of students like Khatera. Thank you so much for your generosity, patience, and warm wishes! 

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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.

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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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Aid Afghanistan for Education

Location: Kabul - Afghanistan
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Twitter: @aidafgedu
Project Leader:
Hassina Sherjan
Kabul, Kabul Afghanistan

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