The objectives of the Afghan Australia Alumni Association (AAAA) include facilitating networks between Afghans who have studied in Australia and promoting friendships among Afghans and Australians more generally. It also aims to provide professional development opportunities for its members and to foster and support the professional contributions of its members to Afghanistan’s social and economic development.
Australia Awards South and West Asia Regional Alumni Workshop
On Thursday 17 November 2016, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, HE Glenn White, inaugurated the Australia Awards South and West Asia Regional Alumni Workshop in Kathmandu, titled ‘Education for All’. Five alumni from Afghanistan joined 37 other alumni representing Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka working in inclusive education in the South and West Asia region.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador White said:
“The Australian Government considers education a critical sector for investment in all countries in South and West Asia. Throughout the region, Australia is partnering with governments to improve access to quality education.”
Ambassador White added:
“Workshop opportunities such as this provide excellent platforms to network and share experiences aimed at meeting these overall objectives.”
The two-day Regional Alumni Workshop provided participants with an opportunity to build their knowledge and understanding of inclusive education practices and policies, present their own experiences working in the field, and create professional networks with other education practitioners from across South and West Asia.
The participating alumni from Afghanistan delivered a presentation on “Gender Inclusive Education Challenges and Prospects in Afghanistan” and shared their knowledge and experience on the topic with other alumni from the region.