Africa Educational Trust (AET)
Africa Educational Trust (AET) was founded with the aim of providing appropriate education for citizens of African nations. AET supports education for the poorest and most excluded groups in conflict-affected areas of Africa. AET currently works in Eastern Africa. In over 50 years AET has helped more than 750,000 disadvantaged children and young people from Africa to access education and training.
The mission of the Africa Educational Trust is to build education programmes for excluded people in conflict-affected areas of Africa. In all its operations, the Africa Educational Trust is committed to:
Promoting concepts of life-long learning and universal access to education.
Providing quality education that encourages independent thought.
Ensuring that education strengthens communities and self-empowerment.
Eliminating exclusion from education, especially on grounds of gender and disability.
Developing local ownership of programmes.
Developing appropriate programmes for conflict and post-conflict areas.
Where They Work
AET currently operates primarily in the conflict-affected areas of Eastern Africa. Their work in the United Kingdom focuses on raising the resources necessary to carry out their work, and engaging in debate on development issues where their expertise is particularly relevant.
What They Do
AET works in collaboration with local communities, Ministry of Education officials and local organizations to provide formal or alternative education and basic skills training. Their work includes projects aimed at reducing poverty and illiteracy among women, children, disabled people, those who have suffered displacement and instability, and those in nomadic and pastoralist communities.
How They Do It
They deliver their programs by involving local communities, local employees and local political structures where appropriate, in a transparent and co-operative manner that emphasizes collaborating rather than instructing. Their commitment to ‘education for all’ is developed within the context of local cultures wherever possible, and delivered through local participants who then come to own the schemes supported by AET.