On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies (KIMS), a higher education institution located in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which provides employment-oriented education to Kandahari youth, with an emphasis on women’s access. Students take classes in courses such as English language, information technology, and business programs. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) based in Calgary, Alberta delivers online training from their faculty via Skype as part of KIMS’ programming.
KIMS promotes the participation of women in the economy, political life, and Afghan civil society by providing employment-oriented education that has created significant change for students in Kandahar, particularly for women. From 2007 to 2012, 2,278 students graduated from KIMS’ professional training programs, most of them women studying Information Technology at no charge. Of these students, at least 1,157 were able to secure or obtain promotions. Each employed graduate provided financial support for an average of seven family members, resulting in KIMS helping to create a source of income for more than 9,800 Kandahar residents, or close to 1% of the population of Kandahar province.