Ayni Education International creates quality educational experiences in Afghanistan that empower and inspire children and their families to build peaceful, just and life affirming communities.

Our Journey with an Afghan School, began just months after September 11th, 2001 and the Taliban were removed from power in Afghanistan. AEI is a grassroots project that builds, repairs, and supplies schools, computer centers, and a teacher training program utilizing local labor and community support. To read more about our results click here.

We are not simply interested in building schools. We are driven to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect between Afghans and Americans. Our hope is to engage, educate and empower the poor in the developing world.

We are very thankful to our individual donors, and major donors including National Geographic, Janet W. Ketcham Foundation, The Paul Allen Family Foundation, Seattle International Foundation, the Circle of Sisterhoood and the Peg and Rick Young Foundation. To read more about our donors click here.


The Passing of Architect Robert Hull

BOBSmile2Ayni Education International joins with the many who mourn the passing this week in South Africa of Architect Robert Hull. Bob served as the architect for the Gohar Khaton Girls’ School in Marzar-i-Sharif, a school that is expected to open its doors to over 3,000 girls in September 2014. A mentor and guiding hand to our teams in Seattle and Mazar, Bob’s creativity and passion for Afghanistan blended to bring forth a profoundly unique school that is already changing how many view educational buildings – especially for girls – in Afghanistan. Read Bob Hull’s bio from the Miller Hull Partnership’s formal announcement here.


Summer Internships in Seattle Announced

School Girls smiling outside of class B&W June 16, 2013Apply now for Seattle based Ayni Education International summer internships. We are seeking outstanding students, undergraduate and graduate, interested in international non-profit management, girls and women’s literacy issues in Afghanistan and curiosity about Central Asia and world affairs.

For the full description of our internships, click here: Ayni – Internship Job Posting 


Ayni as a Featured Organization

girls reading at school in Afghanistan

Global Washington made Ayni as their featured organization for their newsletter for March! Check it out here.


An Educator’s Optimism for Afghanistan

Ayni, along with our board member, Suzanne Griffin, were featured in an article in The Seattle Times! Read the article here.


Challenging the Standard: Designing Schools for Girls in Afghanistan

School Girls running outside of class2 June 16, 2013

Professor Elizabeth Golden from the University of Washington School of Architecture (one of our partners) wrote a policy paper on girls’ schools in Afghanistan. Although the education system is changing quickly in Afghanistan, there are still restrictions placed on girls to attend to school. Professor Golden illustrates how the Afghan Ministry of Education standard school can be modified to better serve female students. Ayni Education International is part of a ground-breaking effort to enact the modifications that change the nation’s educational policy about girls’ space in educational facilities.  Read Elizabeth Golden’s policy paper here.


Afghan Voices: Gohar Khaton Girls’ School

Gohar Khaton principal 10-13

Check out our blog, Afghan Voices, for the latest updates on the construction of Gohar Khaton, a girls’ school we are building with the support of the Janet W. Ketcham Foundation. The school uses innovative design techniques by the University of Washington School of Architecture, sustainable materials, and generates jobs for the local community.

 See photos from construction by clicking here

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