ALDO Holds Media Event to Announce New U.S. Grant

October 18th, 2012 23 comments

US Government Approves Funding to Provide Kandahari Women the Education They Need

The United States government has generously awarded a grant to the Afghan Learning and Development Organization (ALDO) for its education program, the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies (KIMS) beginning October 1st, 2012 and continuing through September 30th, 2013. The funding will provide 2,000 students, half of them women, critical skills in project management, accounting, marketing, administration, organizational behaviour, leadership, human resources, business communication, computer technology and communications.

Ehsanullah Ehsan Makes Announcement

US government awards Kandahari women this funding in the midst of international condemnation and outcry against the shooting of a Pakistani peace and education activist, Malala Yousufzai who is now struggling for her life in a hospital in London.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, Chairman of ALDO, speaking to a news conference at the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies said, “I am pleased to announce that the Government of the United States of America has reached out to help and provide ALDO with financial support for your education in Kandahar. America has always stood by the nation of Afghanistan … we always remain grateful to this great nation and highly value a lasting friendship with them.”

Lending support to ALDO/KIMS operational expenses, the grant funds salaries for approximately 50 teachers and administrative staffers in addition to power and fuel expenses. It also supports the computer lab – the largest single computer lab in Afghanistan south – with over 80 computers. Many of the computers can now be replaced with newer models. The Resource Centre, in which hundreds of women will participate in workshops on topics such as human rights, women issues, politics, economy, culture and social life, will also thrive as a result of this funding. Over 400 women will receive transportation, and hundreds will have access to internet on daily basis.

Guests Visit the KIMS Computer Lab

High-speed internet access will allow the women to study more efficiently with a variety of international education programs including the Canada-based Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and one-on-one ESL tutoring with New York-based Alliance for International Women’s Rights via Skype. The school staff can also communicate with its partners such as the Canadian International Learning Foundation and the National Educator Program for teachers, administrative capacity-building and financial support through real-time video-conferencing.

The Deputy Governor of Kandhar Lends His Encouragement

The grant will facilitate impressive progress on important issues such as gender equality, development, professional education and employment. We believe it will give the gift of hope and opportunity to the many women of Kandahar.

Adbul Qadeem Patyal, Kandahar Deputy Governor said, “Today again I would like to thank the US government’s generous investment in our education development. This assistance will always be remembered by the people of Afghanistan.”

Shir Aqqa Safai Speaks to the Audience

Shir Aqqa Safai, Director of Kandahar Education Department said, “On behalf of the Kandahar Education Department, I would like to thank the government of the United States of America for providing financial support to the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies. This support will enable hundreds of women and men to have access to modern education, which is the need of today’s Afghanistan to move towards lasting peace and development.” He added, “I hope this support will continue until this Institute can stand on its own feet.”

 

A New Name for the ACCC: The Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies Offers More for Students and for Afghanistan

October 16th, 2012 3 comments

After five years of successful operations, the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre (ACCC) is embracing a new name with bright, new prospects.  Ehsanullah Ehsan, director of the now-called Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies (KIMS), and recent recipient of the Charles W. Bowser Award for Innovation in Education, the US National Educator’s top honour, envisions an institution that will graduate “great leaders of the new generation”.

Ehsan explained the significance of changing from a ‘Centre’ to an ‘Institute’.  The certificates offered by KIMS will be of greater value to recipients, as the new name better reflects the facility’s quality of professional instruction and the students’ academic achievements.  Also, the Institute aspires to “eventually secure accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education in Kabul, while the Center could not”.  Furthermore, Ehsan plans to generate a higher amount of local revenue resulting from these new developments as the school moves towards greater self-sufficiency.

Including ‘Kandahar’ in the new name is meant to emphasize the “local nature of the school”, as well as facilitate possibilities for funding and partnerships from sources outside of Canada.  The U.S. government has recently provided a generous grant expected to cover operating costs and teaching fees over the next year and Ehsan hopes that Canadian volunteers and organizations will continue as key supporters of the school.  The ACCC has enjoyed tremendous growth and success over the last five years and Ehsan was pleased to affirm that the name will live on. The school’s morning program for instruction in English, computers, and business, which is attended by over 160 Kandahari women, will continue to operate under the name ‘Afghan-Canadian Community Centre’.

Ehsan further highlighted the school’s role in contemporary Kandahar as he called for students and graduates of KIMS to “develop and adopt new ideas of modernity and enlightenment, including the importance of science, rationality, equality and justice, human reason, tolerance, and new technologies.”  Eshan’s vision is strong in this regard: “My hope is the young men and women from this Institute will…lead Afghanistan to a better future; they will gradually replace many of the evil forces that seek to control our destinies.”

U.S. State Department Announces New Partnership

October 9th, 2012 1 comment

U.S. government enables Afghan women’s school to continue – just in the nick of time

We are thrilled to announce that the Afghan Learning and Development Organization has received the new funding needed to ensure its doors remain open.

The U.S. government generously provided a grant that will contribute to teaching fees and operating expenses during the coming year. The first of the funding has already been received in Kandahar and will allow the popular afternoon program to continue operating at capacity and educating 1,600 students, the majority of whom are women.

The new funds arrived just in the nick of time, after nearly five years of funding came to an end from the Canadian government.

“We are grateful, excited and relieved,” says Ryan Aldred, President of the Canadian International Learning Foundation (www.canilf.org), the registered Canadian charity that helped develop the school together with Ehsanullah Ehsan, a local educator in Afghanistan.

“This education gives women a chance to support their families and it ensures there are educated, skilled employees for local businesses, the Afghan government and international development agencies,” says Ehsan. “People in the community see that and it helps them think that women and women’s education are important, and maybe their daughters should get an education too.”

The staff, students and families in Kandahar – as well as the Canadian International Learning Foundation volunteers – very much appreciate the U.S. government’s donation. We are also thankful for all the individual donors supporting student scholarships, and the support previously provided by the Government of Canada.

“I think the Government of Canada’s role in helping to establish and support the school has been one of Canada’s most significant accomplishments in Afghanistan,” says Aldred.

However, he adds that the Government of Canada is missing a chance to ensure that the school is part of Canada’s lasting legacy in Kandahar Province. “It’s a massively-successful project in one of the world’s most difficult and deserving regions. For well less than half a million dollars over six years, we have been able to provide vital professional training to several thousand students and ensure a source of income for close to 10,000 Kandahar residents.”

For more information or to donate to student scholarships, visit www.theafghanschool.org.

Ehsan Awarded the National Educator Program’s Top Honour

May 21st, 2012 3 comments

 

In the former capital of the Taliban, it takes courage to provide modern education to young women. For such courage, Ehsanullah Ehsan of Afghanistan was awarded by the National Educator Program in the United States with its highest honor; the Charles W. Bowser Award for Innovation in Education.

Mr. Ehsan, who serves as the Director of the Afghan Canadian Community Center and President of the Afghan Learning and Development Organization, adopted “career academies,” a model of instruction from American public schools, and adapted it for his own school – the first of its kind outside of the United States. In this way, he educates his students and prepares them for the world of work at the same time.

 “Through this award you, the great people of the United States are honoring and respecting my whole nation of Afghanistan.” Ehsan told the international audience via Skype. “You give it to the eight hundred girls who bravely come to school every day just in a hope to have a better tomorrow.”

 Mr. Ehsan has helped open community learning centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan to give hundreds of young women and men equal opportunity for education, and better jobs to help their families and serve their communities.

“Democracy only works insofar as you have an educated and dedicated electorate,” said Mark Thompson, Executive Director of the National Educator Program. “Mr. Ehsan is a giant in the field of education and respecting human values and that greatness must be recognized. If we could support a hundred people like Ehsan, we would be making a big difference in Afghanistan at a much lesser price. Upon receiving the Bowser Award, Mr. Ehsan becomes only the third to hold it, and the first recipient who is not American.”

During a re-awarding ceremony, Ubaidullah Obaid, Minister of Higher Education of Afghanistan said to media in Kandahar, “I am pleased to re-award this honor to Mr. Ehsan for his hard work in providing education services to Kandahari men and women. The NEP in the United States of America through this award honors the whole nation of Afghanistan.”

Dr. Toryalai Wisa, the Governor of Kandahar said, “Mr. Ehsan’s role and commitment to fostering education services in Kandahar is highly commendable and we thank NEP for honoring him with this high honor.” The governor added, “There are several private education institutions open in Kandahar, but their services have not been as effective as the Afghan Canadian Community Center’s. The ACCC has served so highly that a large number of its graduates are serving in different government offices and that’s what we really need today. I believe we should support this community learning center to continue its training services.”

On the occasion, Mehmood Karzai, the President of the AFCO International and brother of President Karzai asked governor Wisa to help invite local and international organizations to give donations for the construction of a campus building for the ALDO/ACCC.

 The National Educator Program’s video presentation of the 2012 Charles W. Bowser Award:

Classroom Fundraising Success

May 14th, 2012 No comments

Yimeng Wang and a few of her friends got together and held a fundraiser for CanILF as a school project. Their efforts now allow a student in Afghanistan to attend school for an entire year! Here is her description of the project. Many thanks to Yimeng, Sanghoon, Jack and Shayna!

From Yimeng:

Who Says Kids Can’t Make a Difference? Four Kids Raise $128 for CanILF

It was through a school project on social justice that our group found out about the Canadian International Learning Foundation. This project on global education required several periods of research on the topic. During one such period, we discovered a website belonging to a volunteer-run organization dedicated to fighting for worldwide education- www.canilf.org. Coincidentally, we needed to support an organization that supported this subject area and the Canadian International Learning Foundation fit the requirements perfectly. Through the website, we managed to generate a basis for our campaign. Based on suggested ideas and past fundraisers, we decided to host a bake sale. We won the in-class vote on which organization to sponsor resulting in whole class support for our fundraiser.

Once that was settled, we had to consider how to advertise our fundraiser, and pull it off. With help from Ryan Aldred, the president of the organization, we managed to piece together a draft of how everything should go, and finalized it prior to an announcement made to the whole school. After all the oral preparations, we were finally ready to start the physical ones; baking.

We asked the class for help bringing in baked goods. We ourselves tried to bake as much as possible. The end result was a cartload of treats; tray after tray of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and squares. When we began to lay everything out on the table, the amount of food we managed to bring in was amazing. With some posters set up around the stand, we were ready to meet the consumer needs. Our display attracted the attention of so many people; students of all ages lined up, clamoring for our selections. Several passing teachers joined in the fun and the line to our sale stretched out all the way down the hall. By the end of recess, we had sold out and earned a hefty sum, considering the circumstances. Our whole class found the bake sale to be a very enjoyable experience, knowing that we had a made a difference made it even better. We are very proud to have been able to donate to CanILF, and help children around the world receive a better education.

Aurora Senior Public School

Sanghoon Oh, Jack Pan, Shayna Pan, Yimeng Wang

ACCC Director Ehsan’s Graduation Day Report

March 16th, 2012 4 comments

Ehsanullah Ehsan addresses the crowd

Ehsan reports on the actions of the day and includes quotes from prominent members of the organization and people in the community.  PLUS: A text version of Ehsan’s International Women’s Day speech delivered to graduates, guests and the media present.

International Women’s Day and Graduation (pdf)

 

As Canadian and U.S. malls fill with grad dresses, 200 Afghan women cross the stage in Kandahar

March 14th, 2012 No comments

As Canadian and U.S. malls fill with teenage girls looking for just the right prom dress, women and girls in Kandahar have just crossed a stage of their own. Two hundred female students graduated on March 10th from the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC), a 1500-student educational institute supported by the Canadian International Learning Foundation, a registered Canadian charity. The school and many individual students are sponsored by Canadian donors as well as the Canadian and U.S. governments.

200 women graduate from the Afghan-Canadian Community Center in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Maryam was sponsored by donors through the Canadian International Learning Foundation’s Adopt a Student program. The 19-year old lives in Kandahar with her mom, sisters and brothers. “It is not easy to get an education for Afghan women, especially in Kandahar city, but we didn’t give up,” says Maryam. “All the students are really happy. My family is really proud.”

One of the graduates receives her diploma from Dr. Rangina Wisa, wife of the governor of Kandahar

More than 600 people attended the graduation ceremony, including family members, senior Afghanistan government officials and local media. They helped the graduates celebrate an accomplishment that for many women was beyond their wildest dreams. “Until recently, receiving this type of education was something few women in Kandahar could experience,” says Ryan Aldred, President and Co-Founder of the Canadian International Learning Foundation, based in Ottawa.

Sixteen of the 200 ACCC graduates received a certificate of achievement in Business Management from SAIT Polytechnic. The Calgary-based post-secondary institute has partnered with the ACCC since 2007. “The students have been logging into SAIT courses just as a Canadian student would, except they are doing it from a desk in Kandahar,” says Gord Nixon, Vice President Academic at SAIT Polytechnic. SAIT sent caps and gowns for the 16 students to wear.

Gifts of kitchen sets, stationery, clocks, shoes, clothes, school bags and teapots were distributed among the participants. These had been generously donated and prepared by UNHCR and ISAF.  The graduates and guests also enjoyed refreshments, all of which were arranged by the ACCC and its student contributions.

ACCC school in Kandahar has 1,500 students (most of whom are women). Audience looks on as hundreds of female students graduate.

Sponsoring a future graduate takes just $15 per month on average, depending on the course. With a third of the 200 female graduates already securing employment, the investment is clearly life-changing.

“The students are in demand by international development agencies, local businesses and the Afghan government. It gives the women the chance to support their families and be part of the reconstruction of Afghanistan,” explains Aldred. “From past years we know that employed graduates are financially supporting an average of five family members. Not only does that mean a better life for the women and their families, but it also helps to slowly show the community the value of women and of women’s education.” 

“These results are thanks to the continued support provided to us by the benevolent people of Canada and the very generous financial assistance given to us by the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The U.S. Department of State has also supported English and leadership courses,” says Ehsanullah Ehsan, Director of the ACCC.

Mehmood Karzai – President of Ayno Foundation spoke at the event

The ACCC started in 2007 with a small group of students and the help of the Canadian International Learning Foundation. Today, it is a respected institution with 1,500 students, most of whom are female. Students receive an education in business management, Information Technology, English and communications. More than half the ACCC’s funding is provided by the Canadian government through CIDA. That funding will continue until September 2012. Individual donors sponsor students like Maryam.

To learn more or to donate to send a Kandahar woman to school, visit the Canadian International Learning Foundation’s website at www.canilf.org.

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ACCC breaks silence on peace in Kandahar region

October 22nd, 2011 4 comments
A school principal receives a gift from Ehsan

Hundreds of students, parents and teachers of the Afghan Canadian Community Center (ACCC) braved intimidation and violence and commemorated the Peace Day today. Representatives from various Kandahar-based organizations including UNAMA, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Women Affairs Department and Education Department, Civil Societies and media participated in the event. The celebration included inspirational speeches, songs and poems about importance of peace and women role in building peace in Afghanistan. The ACCC marks Peace Day after an eerie silence on peace loomed over Afghanistan as a result of assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council.

A group of students singing the National Anthem

In addition to providing professional education to the people of Kandahar, ACCC observed the Peace Day by assigning peace-related topics to its students. Numerous commemorative speeches were delivered to promote the ideals of peace, justice, democracy, development and non-violence in Afghanistan in particular and the world in general. Special prayers were said for permanent peace in Afghanistan. Discussions and debates were held in classes on peace.
The speakers stated that peace is always possible if only Afghans, from all walks of life, take active part in every peace building effort without any greed. They called on Afghan leaders to sincerely and honestly commit to tolerance, justice, rule of law and compassion by pursuing national interests rather than personal greed and tribal interests. They appreciated international community in its support to Afghanistan and urged the neighboring countries and the international community to continue to support Afghans in their struggle for peace. They implored that bloodshed must end and gun be replaced with a pen. They thanked the Canadian government and its people for supporting the ACCC to provide them the education they need and the platform they need to voice their rights.

The speakers urged the Afghan government and international community to sponsor peace building acts in Afghanistan through responsible and honest men and women, civil societies and education programs. They reiterated that the restoration of peace, democracy, and women’s rights are not possible without involving honest and responsible people with continued and increased resources and adequate investment in education development and public awareness programs.

Students receive school bags from Ehsan

The school was painted with peace banner and posters. Pigeons were released in the air to symbolize peace, love and freedom. The students with the best speeches were awarded prizes. Guests also received prizes. UNAMA in Kandahar helped the ACCC with some of logistics needs for the event.
Different media outlets including Afghanistan Radio Television, Kandahar TV, Hewad TV, Shamshad TV, One TV, Aryana TV, Pajhwok News Agency, Benawa website, various radio stations covered and aired the event.

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Ehsanullah Ehsan, the Director of the ACCC, addressing the audience

Ehsan’s speech on Peace Day

Dear students, parents, teachers and distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:

It is a moment of pride and honor to join you in this ceremony of marking September 21, the Peace Day and let me open my speech with an appeal for peace at a time when our homeland Afghanistan has suffered for over thirty years of war and destruction.

We as human being are called for peace by all faiths so peace is a universal truth, a human need, which cannot be denied by anyone. I am confident that the men and women who carry the honor of building peace, keeping peace in Afghanistan and around the world will continue to give from their lives, from their knowledge and from their wealth, every bit of a sacrifice and support for uplifting this universal truth.

Peace is indispensible for us, it is a beautiful thing. No wealth, no mansions, no villas, no greeneries can be enjoyed in the absence of peace. As we cannot live without water, air and food, we cannot live without a true peace with bless of freedom and justice. Wars bring destruction, torture and countless miseries. War is born of ignorance and misunderstanding. And for sure you are fighting this menace by taking pen and educating yourselves to live a prosperous and peaceful life.

We gather at a place where ignorance and hate for love of humanity are constantly fought. We gather at an institution where truth, wisdom, and understanding take roots and get perceived, that’s peace, coexistence and spread of enlightenment.

Most of our government officials and other powerful politicians are preaching peace, promising peace and asking for peace. But we the Afghans reject any peace that comes at the cost of slavery. We want true peace, the kind of peace that makes life for us worth living, the kind of peace that could enable us to grow, to prosper and to live in dignity and freedom.

Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year in Afghanistan for the purpose of peace is fueling war and opening our wounds. The benefits we see are going to warlords, drug lords, thugs, uneducated and insensible, irrational men who are killing the peace. The imbalance of aid spending in Afghanistan has introduced to us a culture of greed – people want to be rich in one day and for this they pursue any illegal, immoral, rival and unlawful means.

When I start to talk of peace, some people here tell me it is useless to talk peace in Afghanistan. They tell me see everyone here is after money and power. They tell me in Afghanistan it is useless to talk of peace, education and wisdom. Warlords, powerbrokers and tribal lords in Afghan government and Afghan politics have introduced us a culture of corruption, greed and discrimination, which has undermined the trust and confidence between Afghan public and their government. I hope our masters adopt an attitude of care and wisdom. I urge you as the educated youth of this nation to join me and make both individual and public campaign in securing peace at all levels possible. And every student and teacher of this school, every thoughtful citizen who hates war and wishes to work peace, should begin peace effort without any personal gains.

Others have also told me peace is impossible in Afghanistan. I disagree with this notion and this belief has destroyed hope and peace in our heart and mind. It has weakened our confidence and commitment in our daily life. We must not accept this view. Our problems are manmade they can be solved by man. Man or woman’s reason, struggle and spirit have often made the impossible possible. The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction, poverty, hunger and others, are human created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding, tolerance and love. ACCC as a school, ACCC as an oasis of civility and human solidarity is already cultivating seeds for peace building, co-existence, love, prosperity and hope through various education programs offered to hundreds of men and women of this region on daily bases.

Sixty-five years back this world was bitterly divided and living far a part in a discord, but today you have United Nations, the UN, even the UNAMA in Kandahar and its representative today among you. Around 200 nations sit on one platform and settle issues, conflicts and disputes in dialogue and unanimity. Centuries ago in certain parts of this planet, when a baby girl was born, people would drop her into a ditch and fill it with dust, but today in many parts of the world including those regions in which woman was a disgrace now has given the woman a full social and human status. Women have as much respect, dignity and right as every other human being does. As every other people, Afghan women are now struggling to empower themselves by the light of education and other peaceful means. You the women are the witness today. You have braved to come out, join the peace building efforts, and break the wall of silence and fight any injustice. History is recording this.

Most of our senior government officials are busy dealing with their own matters. They continue to corrupt and advance their personal interests right at the expense of common Afghans. Afghans are asking for peace, but our leaders are caught up in their own enrichment. They don’t have time to implement the rule of law. Instead they have allowed their own tribal militias to take everything from Afghans, control everything and keep the Afghans in ignorance.

My fellow Afghans, unless we work for peace and change our attitude toward peace and freedom and what a justice is, rule of law is, we cannot have peace. We must show and work for peace in action even if it is at the risk of our own lives – as many of you who are studying at the ACCC are braving any intimidation and violence by joining a peace gathering today. We need to cultivate sense of common goodness, love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.

Let’s pray for all of us, that together we succeed in building a better Afghanistan, a better world through human understanding, tolerance, justice and love for each other.

May God bless us all and prevail peace and love all over the world.

Thank you

Kandahar Governor Praises ACCC Students, International Supporters

August 1st, 2011 No comments

This week, more than 70 women studying at the Afghan-Canadian Community Center visited Governor Dr. Tooryalai Wesa and his wife, Dr. Rangina Wesa, at the Governor’s Office to discuss security, development, education and peace building efforts

in Kandahar.

The governor of Kandahar, Tooryalai Wesa, addresses a group of ACCC students

The students thanked the Governor and his wife for their current efforts with security, development and education. A request was made by the students for the Governor to continue his support for the ACCC and ACCC Director Ehsanullah Ehsan’s education campaign by helping to secure funding to build a permanent facility and enable the Center to become a fully accredited Afghan post-secondary institution.

The Governor and his wife recognized the ACCC for its efficiency and effectiveness as an educational institution, saying, “We thought that the ACCC students were getting trained in technical skills only, but now we see you have also been provided additional skills that really matter in decision making and for future leaders of Afghanistan.” They also praised Ehsan’s role in advancing education in Kandahar.

Dr. Rangina Wisa generously promised to start a fundraising campaign for the ACCC in the near future. The Governor also pledged to ensure that the ACCC received additional support from the Kandahar Education Department. The Governor, his wife and Ehsan also praised the partners and donors of the ACCC for their support of education for the people of Kandahar.

Mr. Mehmood Khan Karzai announces donation of land, funds for Kandahar school

July 12th, 2011 6 comments

For a video of Mr. Karzai’s visit, please visit Pajhwok News here (English video unavailable).

ACCC Director Ehsanullah Ehsan presents a letter of recognition to Mr Karzai

On July 3rd 2011, Mr. Mehmood Khan Karzai, the Head of AFCO International and Ayno Foundation announced that he will provide the Afghans Learning and Development Organization (ALDO) and its subsidiary education institutions, the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC) and the newly established Afghan-American Career Academy (AACA), with 10,000 square metres land in Ayno Meena for the construction of a building and campus to support these institutions. Mr. Karzai also agreed to donate one quarter of the construction costs up to US$100,000, as well as transportation for students.

Mr Karzai addresses ACCC students and guests

Mr. Ehsanullah Ehsan, the founder of ALDO said, “This is a great development in the expansion of my education activities in Kandahar region and the self-sustainability of the ALDO, ACCC and the new AACA.” Ehsan also noted that, since opening in January 2006, the ACCC alone – funded by individual donors, the Canadian International Learning Foundation and, the Government of Canada via the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) – has provided professional education to more than 1,760 Kandahar youth, facilitating both internationally-recognized online and campus courses in Business Management, Information Technology, and Communications. Internet for the Center is donated by Roshan Telecom.

The Center itself employs more than 70 teachers, administrators, and support staff, including 9 female teachers, and advances its courses using 100 updated computers. Ehsan also said that more than 600 graduates, both men and women, have secured highly-paid employment with national and international organizations as a result of the education provided by the ACCC. The Center has also developed academic partnerships with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Canada e-School, Vital English, the US-based National Educator Program, and the Alliance for International Women’s Rights. A permanent campus will not only help the ACCC to reach a greater number of students, it will also significantly reduce the amount of money that ALDO currently spends on rent and maintenance, thereby making it easier for the ACCC to become financially self-sustainable.

Mr. Karzai watches a student study online with SAIT

Mr. Mehmood Karzai was impressed with the education services provided by ALDO, ACCC and AACA and wanted to help these organizations to further their education services for the youth of Kandahar region. He therefore proposed convene a meeting of Kandahar businessmen to provide support for ALDO’s fundraising campaign. The SAIT Architectural Technologies program has also generously agreed to donate the time of students and faculty to help design the newly proposed campus.