BENEFITING: GREEN VILLAGE SCHOOLS
During the 2011-2012 school year, Green Village Schools’ Advanced Education Center (GVS AEC) provided English language and computer literacy instruction to over 250 Afghan students in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The center is unprecedented in Lashkar Gah and Helmand Province, and over the past year provided high-quality education to 210 local girls and boys, as well as 40 high school teachers. Half of the students are female, and over 40 ethnic and tribal groups are represented at the center. The entire staff is comprised of Afghans.
In addition to English and computer instruction, a cross-cultural exchange program between U.S. and Afghan students via handwritten letters and digital media communication is implemented at the Center. This exchange program helps prepare students to effectively communicate with their counterparts in the global community and promotes mutual understanding across cultures.
During the 2011-2012 school year, GVS AEC students exchanged 1,000 handwritten letters with students in the U.S. Additionally, GVS AEC students participated in an online forum exchange involving hundreds of postings with U.S. students discussing such topics as cultural similarities and differences, leadership, and peace building. Please take a moment to review some of the beautiful handwritten letters, drawings, and messages for peace which students exchanged.
Green Village Schools, Project PeacePal, and the Afghan Sister Village Project, all nonprofit organizations, received a one-time grant in 2011 to establish the GVS AEC in Lashkar Gah. Due to overwhelming community support for the project, the originally proposed student population of 50 quintupled to 250 with parents signing up on long waiting lists to get their daughters and sons into the center. With this incredible momentum, we hope to continue this educational and peace building endeavor helping Afghan youth take their places in the global community.
As the U.S. disengages militarily from Afghanistan, it is crucial to support projects like this which help build local capacity by educating Afghans and also promote cross cultural understanding. We've seen the cost in the past of neglecting Afghanistan. Afghans want normal lives, stability, and education. Promote peace through education by supporting this project today!
The organizations collaborating on the Advanced Education Center are:
Green Village Schools
The Afghan Sister Village Project