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Project information

Fund for English Language Training in Afghanistan

in our wish to contribute to the building of a civil society in Afghanistan, friends and alumni of the University are donating funds to a postgraduate scholarship scheme for young Afghan women. We must first provide the students with high-quality English language training at Kabul University.

October 2010 - October 2015

Charity information: Durham University

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  • Need


    Despite meeting Durham University’s rigorous academic entry requirements, the majority of applicants have struggled to attain the requisite ‘Academic English’ language qualifications. We now realise it will be necessary for all scholarship recipients to demonstrate before they leave Afghanistan a level of Academic English sufficient to allow them to commence their studies in the UK. We must therefore provide all successful applicants with high-quality English language skills training in Kabul.


    Kabul is one of the few offices of the British Council that do not routinely offer English language courses as part of their remit. Nevertheless they are willing to arrange the 156 hours of teaching annually which we estimate is necessary. Benefiting from this would be ten students for six hours per week for 26 weeks.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide high-quality English language skills training at Kabul University.


    » We will arrange for the British Council in Kabul to provide 156 hours of high-quality training annually for five years.

    What success will look like

    The British Council (or an alternative provider) provides 156 hours of high-quality English language skills training per year for five years.

  • Impact


    As many as 50 young Afghan women (including those 25 selected to receive a scholarship at Durham) will be equipped with English language competences sufficient to enable them fully to engage – intellectually and socially – with English language-speaking communities now and in their future scholarly and professional pursuits.


    The British Council may not fulfil their commitments or their costs become prohibitively expensive. We will explore alternative providers and the possibility of utilising volunteer help.


    We will share the anonymised results of individuals' English language skills training alongside regular updates of their progress during their postgraduate studies at Durham.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £55,000 Training costs (£70 per hour) The cost of providing six hours per week of training for 26 weeks per year for five years.
  • Background


    We expect the training to take place either at Kabul University or the offices of the British Council in Kabul.


    As many as 50 young Afghan female graduate students.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Durham University's aim over the next five years is to bring 25 young women from Kabul University to read for a postgraduate degree of their choosing at Durham University, and then return to Afghanistan to engage in their country’s reconstruction as highly competent and empowered leaders.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Professor Hamidullah Amin

    Chancellor of Kabul University and a Durham University alumnus. Prof. Amin is partnering with Durham in selecting the scholarship recipients