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.
Summer Internships in Seattle Announced
Apply 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
Challenging the Standard: Designing Schools for Girls in Afghanistan
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.
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.