Short Information about our Committee in English
The aim of the non-profit organisation registered in Germany under the name of Afghanistan-Schulen (in Afghanistan: VUSAF Union of Assistance for Schools in Afghanistan) is to support education for Afghan girls and boys. Due to war and unrest, most schools are either destroyed or damaged. Furthermore, many villages never had a school in the past. In order to work effectively, we concentrate our efforts in the North of Afghanistan. We work closely together with the people in the towns and villages. Our partners suggest the projects and together we try to implement them in a culturally acceptable way.
1983 during a holiday together with her daughters, Ursula Nölle saw the suffering in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. Because of her daughter's knowledge of Dari, they managed to get in direct touch with the people in a camp where first schools were being set up. Ursula Nölle's first project was a girls' school, a project which was especially important as girls don't have many chances to be educated. In the following years, many more schools were set up in the camps.
Immediately after the withdrawal of the soviet troops in the north in 1988, people who knew the committee from the refugee camps asked for help to rebuild the schools in their home villages. In the following years, more projects were implemented in this area. In 2002 the office of VUSAF Afghanistan was moved from Peshawar/Pakistan to Kabul.
Furthermore, there are some cultural activities in the form of calligraphy and painting. Every Thursday groups of students and teachers meet to organize games, competitions in poetry and quizzes and perform role plays. The EC's library has a good supply of books in Dari and English.
Some former employees of VUSAF have taken another step and set up an independent national NGO called OASE Organisation of Afghan Support for Education which is based in Mazar-e-Sharif. As of April 2020, OASE has taken over the Mazar projects from VUSAF. From 2024 onwards, OASE will implement the educational projects of Afghanistan-Schulen/VUSAF.