Over the last decades, hundreds of lives of our community members have been lost to targeted terrorism leading to economic and social deprivation. Where this mass massacre has cost the community in lives and economy, it has also greatly crippled the education and development of its youth. Many students have lost their lives en route to schools and universities forcing the many others to stop attending school altogether.
As young expatriate students and professionals, we felt a moral and social obligation to help talented yet disadvantaged students of our besieged community.
In response to such dire circumstances, in 2013, we at the Akademos, fostered a partnership with the K.B. Science College in Hazara Town, and with UMMAT Education and Cultural Organisation in Mariabad to facilitate the education of deserving but disadvantaged students of the community. Thus, began the Akademos Journey!
In our inaugural year, we provided twelve talented students with full scholarship for the duration of their secondary education through our Akademos Scholarship program. We have since continued to award scholarships to senior secondary/college students each year. For the latest updates about this program, click here.
In 2017, we partnered with Resources of Young Afghans (ROYA) to launch our Kids Off The Streets (KOTS) project in Afghanistan. KOTS provides financial assistance to child laborers, enabling them to access education opportunities. The financial assistance covers school enrolment fees, monthly school fees and English language and computer training classes. Click here to read more about the KOTS program.
We commenced our first supplementary learning class in Bamiyan, Afghanistan in late 2017. These classes provide access to educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and child labourers who are unable to access educational opportunities. As well as supporting the children, the program provides young and emerging teachers employment opportunities and an avenue to realise their passion. More information about the Akademos Supplementary Learning Classes here.
Powering ahead in 2021, we have partnered with Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organisation and ZIST College for our Akademos Study Grant program to support tertiary students, and with Najiba Foundation to run the Najiba-Akademos Computer Lab in one of the most remote and impoverished provinces of Afghanistan, Daikundi.