Funding Sources, Applying for Funding and Free Resources for Education

1) Potential funders that support international education:

a) The International Education Funders Group (IEFG) is an affinity network of foundations and donor-advised funds that support basic education in low- and middle-income countries. 

b) Founded in 1999, International Education Foundation (IEF) is a non-profit foundation promoting international education. 

c) Institute of International Education was awarded $6,741,500 between 1986 and 2016, including 15 grants in Population & Reproductive Health and Human Rights. 

d) Afghanistan American Friendship Foundation  – 619 projects listed

e) GPE Transforming Education

2) Given below is some information about writing letters of inquiry (LOI):

a) How to Write a Letter of Inquiry for Grant Funding

b) How to Write a Letter of Inquiry to a Foundation

c) What should be included in a letter of inquiry?

d) How to write a killer Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to get a grant

3) Given below is some information about writing grant proposals:

a) Planning and Writing a Grant Proposal: The Basics – Grant Proposal Writing is Exciting, Imaginative Work

b) GRANT NEWS, RESOURCES: How to Write a Grant Application: Our Top 10 Tips for Success, Sep. 28, 2022

c) 19 Tips for Stronger Grant Proposals, Oct. 24, 2022

d) Secrets to writing a winning grant, Experienced scientists reveal how to avoid application pitfalls to submit successful proposals, Dec. 20, 2019


e) 7 Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal By Sarah Hubbart

4) Given below is a set of links we have assembled about free education resources for Afghan students:

a) CharityHelp’s Expanding Free Access to Offline Education Initiative, which will help other organizations convert obsolete personal computers into Linux-based educational information servers

b) Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow established a tele-education program in 2016 at the University of Herat with more than 30 professors in the USA, Canada and Australia.  This program expanded with other universities before the Taliban took over

c) Trust in Education’s (TIE’s) Computer Library YouTube Videos.  They work with Khan Academy to provide educational videos that are accessible online and offline in Afghanistan.  For more information, visit: Computer Library YouTube Videos

d) Khan Academy in Pashto Channel on Youtube organized by We Have Hope Foundation.

e) An eLibrary by Canadian Women for Afghan Women: Free and open educational resources for Afghanistan

f) Here is a Farsi version of the Khan Academy

h) A new promo video by Khan Academy: Introducing Khan Academy Learnstorm 2019!, Aug. 7, 2019.

i) Books for Afghanistan – Our mission is to give Hoopoe Books to as many Afghan school-age children, libraries and adult literacy classes as we can; as well as audio versions of the stories and step-by-step Teacher Lesson Plans and Teacher Training.

j) Given below are some links from a webpage we created several years ago:

i) Khan Academy in Farsi 

ii) Khan Academy Dari Videos 

iii) Khan Academy Lite (KALite) 

iv) Wikipedia in English – School Education Edition 

v) Wikipedia in Pashto

vi) Wikipedia in Persian 

k) The $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE challenged teams from around the world to develop open-source, scalable software that empowers children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months.  Here is the winner of this XPRIZE: Onebillion (Note: I have one of these learning tablets and it works pretty well).

5) Given below are some educational resources to help increase food security and climate change resilience:

a) Climate Solutions module in Kolibri prepared by Climate Solutions Advancement Network (ClimateSAN)

b) Drawdown Lift initiative by Project Drawdown

c) Afghan Community Resilience and Livelihoods Project (CRL) by UNOPS

d) WeAdapt’s Climate Adaptation Training

e) Training Courses | U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

f) Climate Change Adaptation Training by the United States Environmental Protection Agency 

6) Slideshow presented on February 16, 2023 at the Education Roundtable Zoom Meeting hosted by the Council on Global Relations:

Increasing Funding and Free Resources for Education in Afghanistan