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ACCC students provide gift of education to future students

April 22nd, 2008 1 comment

A group of students with the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC) Business Management program has generously donated more than $200 to the ACCC, thereby helping us provide the gift of education to a new generation of students.
 
Many of our students have been able to obtain high-paying jobs with international non-government organizations and large Afghan businesses as a result of their education. This act of generosity, equivalent to a year’s salary for many in Afghanistan, will help ensure that even more students will have that same opportunity. The students – Abdullah Amin, Kiramatullah Mehrabi, Sayed Ali Asghar Hashimi, Niamatullah Sofizada and Ahsanullah Jawed Shafaq - have also pledged to help the ACCC raise funds by reaching out to the international Afghan community.
 
On behalf of the Canadian volunteers with the Afghan School Project, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the students for their kind and valuable donation. Their gift is further proof that donations to the ACCC are an investment in the future of Afghanistan.

If you wish to join the students in donating to the ACCC to help build a better future for Afghanistan, please click here.

ACCC featured in CBC documentary “Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear”

April 6th, 2008 No comments

I’m proud to announce that the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC) was prominently featured in a documentary produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The documentary, entitled “Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear”, examines some of the problems currently effecting the Afghan people and asks whether progress is being made. The achievements of the staff and students of the ACCC were showcased as one example of success.

 To watch the documentary online, please click here.

Computer lab to be dedicated to Brendan Choi, second new lab will also be built

January 21st, 2008 No comments

In recognition of Brendan Choi’s exceptionally generous donation of US$1,730, a portion of the new computer facilities at the Afghan Canadian Community Center (ACCC) will be named the Brendan Choi Computer Lab. The Brendan Choi Computer Lab, to consist of ten computer workstations, will be used by students at the ACCC to further their education and support ongoing courses in Information Technology, business management and health care.

Thanks to the support of several other generous individuals, we will also be able to create a second lab of equal size. The ACCC currently operates three other computer labs. I would like to use this occasion to thank all of you who donated to this project. It is through the generosity of our donors that small projects like ourselves can have such wide-ranging reach. The ACCC is able to provide more effective training to a larger number of students than many similar projects with many times our budget.

To all of you who believe in the work being done at the ACCC to further education, development and human rights, I hope that you will continue to visit our site to check on our progress and that you will tell your friends and associates about the incredible work being done by the staff and students at the ACCC. Your assistance allows us to continue to provide 100% of all donations directly to the school.

Personal reflections of ACCC students: Governance

January 3rd, 2008 No comments

Here is a collection of student essays written on governance. I hope you will join me in thanking the students for their hard work on these excellent essays. The essays have been lightly edited for clarity.

Being a governor or controlling a government isn’t easy and to be a governor one must have high qualifications, know about the economy and politics. The governor has to assist the people and pay full attention to parliaments and select an expert person for each place. For example, a doctor should be selected for a health department and an engineer for engineering issues. If the governor were to select a doctor for ministry of defense, it wouldn’t make sense.

A governor should be a politician person and be understanding of people’s problems. He should meet them and make himself aware of everything. To be responsible he should invite people to see him so that he can hear what they have to say.

Above all he should think of them and show the exact direction to each one.

In every meeting different questions should be asked from each member of the parliament, until they understand how to behave when a president selects someone for the parliament. The first thing he should note is his skill, character and his experience, not his tribe and other family.

As well the member should be kind and close to his country’s people and should express his love to all the people.

If a governor tries to help only themselves and their relations then other people will be discouraged and will not be able to earn the income they deserve. The skills that a person needs to receive a job should be clear and a person should be hired based on those skills and not on their family connections.

Their target should be to work for the people and provide every kind of facility and assist to them in everyway possible. Then we will be able to have peaceful, progressive society and a country of peace.

– Yelda

Governance gives us the idea that local government groups guarantee that they can protect the people and community, or ensure that they do things the right way. The right people are comprehensive, honest, open, accountable and easy to approach. Unfortunately, in Afghanistan and particularly in Kandahar, governance is the root cause of all evil within our society. In fact, there are many who are corrupt who have high authority in governance, they are making decisions whether it will be for the betterment of our country or not. These rulers are doing their business on poor, needy, and pessimist people of Afghanistan. The major donors and financial associations are decreasing their help and loans on the condition that these rulers not have access to the money until the situation improves.

The reforms that ensure “bad governance” are undertaken in all Afghanistan, in addition some formal and informal actors are also involved in decision making. This can badly affect the situation of a country or community, as we are currently facing. For example, when the Coalition Forces go out on a mission or come out for research, there are those who inform the extremists that they are out in field. These corrupt people are aiding in the attacks against civilians, the army and the Coalition Forces by extremists.

We Afghans are optimistic and should have unity among us, and until the corrupt people stop their crimes and abuse of authority which is being destroying our country, and remove the corruption from governance, we should hold strikes, shout for the rights of people who under control of the corrupt people. If we really want to have safe, secure, and developed Afghanistan we can not stay silent and if we don’t insist on safety and security, the situation will be continue to be the same.

Every day there is another bomb blast, kidnapping of local people and killing of innocent people. Until we remove the corrupt people from governance Afghanistan will be backward, and the people will be needy and hopeless in their life. If the governance members are claiming for the protection of people, so they should protect us and remove all the corrupt personalities from the governance. In addition they should have unity among them to fulfill people needs and bring safety and security in our country.

– Sultana

Governance is about how local government corps ensures that they are doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people. Alternatively, we can say that the system by which people are directed and controlled is called Governance.

Basically, governance is like a formula for vindicating the basic solution for a dilemma in the society and it provides clear direction for the communities while giving out and receiving information so that it can take counteractive action and change itinerary, but unfortunately nowadays government organizations have a poor authority system. They rarely apply the right authority in the right way. Therefore, they cannot always see where problems are expected to occur or have occurred

Having an effective peace system with the characteristics of effective guidance and a affirmative culture with high standards of behaviour and decency based on having good governance. Since governance brings together many features of a civilization is therefore vital to apply the right government on the right way to the right people in order to evade all those uncertain demoralizing events which obliterates mankind ‘s career, and unable them to protect their rights.

Pitiable governance is at the heart of many public segment failures. It is not frequently a single failure or deficiency in supremacy that is dependable for a service failure, but an accumulation of aspects. Governance should consequently substance to everyone in our committee until that it can germinate trust, honesty, sense of humor and responsibility among the society.

In general, governance word is a common word in other countries where it is a main factor in a society, but regrettably our society is not even familiar with the word of governance. It is because that we have never seen any governance during the past two or three decades that Afghanistan faced a complex political, administrative economic and social challenge conflicts and there is no execution or governance on the drug trade, unsecured borders, and informal markets, which creates a conductive condition for administrative corruption and for all those cruel circumstances which is happing or may take place in the future.

The almost total absence of well-trained and accountable judiciary are leading the culture of security violations and depression, criminals are acting do not arrive at the courts, and the crimes go scot-free after all we have these things on going in our country so do you still think that we have governance or do you still think that our leaders have come up with the result of what they have governed so far in our community or to know whether the absolute powered governors do the work for the betterment of the society which unite the communities or for the drug lords & tribal lords? The ANSWER belongs to YOU!!

At the end, I would like to suggest all those supreme powered governors and owners that any future government in Afghanistan will have to make your mind up to the problems of the society based on population governance.

– Suhila

Afghan School Project reaches fundraising goal for computer lab

December 31st, 2007 No comments

The Afghan School Project, working with UK-based technology news source IT Pro, is proud to announce that we have reached our goal of raising US$3,300 to provide the Afghan Canadian Community Center (ACCC) with an additional 20 computer workstations, which have been offered at a substantial discount from NComputing.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our supporters, who have helped make this possible. To put it simply, your donation will help change many lives for the better. As a result of your generosity, even more students will be able to receive valuable education that will help them get access to high-paying, long-term employment.

We would like to extend a special thank-you to the generous individual who helped us reach our goal in time. Your gift has touched the volunteers, staff and students who work to provide valuable education under difficult circumstances, and we want you to know how dearly we appreciate your help.

For those of you who are interested in ongoing donations, we have extended the ChipIn program (see below) to raise additional funds for furniture, textbooks and other essentials for the school. Further donations are needed to help us pay for rent, teachers’ salaries, electricity and fuel. If you would like to help, please click “ChipIn!” on the graph below.

If you have any questions about this or any other fundraising initiative, please contact [email protected].

 

Need a last-minute holiday gift? Donate in someone’s name and we’ll send them a holiday card

December 15th, 2007 No comments

The Afghan School Project and IT Pro, a UK-Based business technology news source, are currently raising money to provide the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre (ACCC) with additional computer equipment, including multi-user computer devices from NComputing.

For every $200 we raise, we can effectively provide the ACCC with another computer that will help more students get access to valuable education and provide women in the Kandahar area with access to the Internet at no cost. Your donation will also be matched by a donation in equal value from the Cadmus Foundation.

To donate, please click on the link below. We’ll contact you via e-mail to arrange delivery of the card. Please write to us at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Afghan School Project to close forum, focus on facebook

December 14th, 2007 1 comment

Due to frequent abuses by Internet advertisers, we have decided to close down the Afghan School Project forum. If you are a student at the ACCC and would like to ask us a question or ask about web sites related to your education, please visit our group on facebook or e-mail [email protected]. 

The Afghan School Project is on facebook.com both as a group and as an application. By joining the group, you can help us improve the quality of education at the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC), and allow us to promote our work without spending money on advertising. The application helps us to raise money for more computer equipment for the school.

To join the group, simply type “The Afghan School Project” into the search field in facebook, and request to join.  To add the application, please visit our facebook application page here. In order to join, you must first register for a facebook account. The amount of information that you wish to share with others on facebook is up to you, and you are not required to use your real name. We hope to see you there!

ACCC Featured on Global National

November 18th, 2007 No comments

This past Saturday, the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC) was featured on Global National, a Canadian television news program. The video shows the Canadian public the benefit of education for women in Afghanistan, and included interviews with several of the school’s students.

I would like to thank the students for participating in the story, and wish to say just how proud all of us with the Afghan School Project are to be able to support such a worthwhile project. Although we work hard to help raise funds for the ACCC, it is the determination and courage of the school’s students and staff that is most important to the school’s ongoing success.

To see the video, please visit the Global National video archive, and look for the video entitled “Women After the Taliban” under the heading for Saturday.

General Manager of the AWCC visits ACCC, provides gifts and supplies to staff and students

November 4th, 2007 No comments

Eng. Ahmad Shah of the Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC) recently visited the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre. During the visit, Ahmad Shah generously provided 200 mobile phone cards (SIM cards) to staff and students. A few days later, representatives of the AWCC provided students of the ACCC with 30 school bags full of school supplies.

The AWCC’s valuable donations will help to improve the quality of life for women in the Kandahar area by providing them with access to modern communications services as well as the school supplies they require to make the most of the educational opportunities offered by the ACCC.

The staff at the Afghan School Project and the staff and students of the ACCC would like to extend our sincere thanks to Ahmad Shah and the AWCCC for their generosity and their support for women’s education. We hope that Eng. Ahmad Shah will be able to return to the ACCC again in the future to see the impact of the AWCC’s donations.

Eng. Ahmad Shah provides a student at the ACCC with a SIM card