Hosai Andar, founder of Arosulbelaad Educational Services, found her calling when she entered the education sector in 2007.
“I got my bachelor's and master's degree from Kabul Medical University. Before establishing a school, I was handling a handicraft business as well as another organization by the name of 'Role of Women in the Economy'. Since our products were not standardized, we had to close our business and look for other opportunities.”
One such opportunity which proved viable was the education sector. “I started my business in educational sector in 2007. Currently, I have a kindergarten school by the name of Gahwaraye Naaz and a school by the name of Arosulbelaad,” explains Adar.
Women occupy a crucial role in the private education sector of Afghanistan, according to research conducted by the Ministry of Education. Andar understands this factor as a leader in the sector. “Women play an important role in a nation’s economy and constitutes a vital part of economic foundation of countries and potentially the global economy,” she affirms.
There are 666 private primary, secondary and high school institutions teaching 200,000 Afghan girls and boys, mostly in the major cities, according to ministry data. Private schools like Andar’s educate Afghan youth under additional curricula options, like English language and computer coursework. These options are not available in the 14,000 government schools.
However, like any business, the education sector also can benefit from a standardization of procedures. This is exactly what Andar found helpful to improve the efficiency of her business.
“Before attending the professional development training at the International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development at AUAF (American University of Afghanistan), I had no written plan and policies for management of my business. And today, I have written business plan and policies/manuals for human resources, finance, administration and logistics,” she explains.
She has seen her business successfully grow in Kabul city and has hired more teachers, providing professional work to Afghans. “In 2016, after attending the certification course, I established a new school in the 12th district of Kabul, Ahmad Shah Baba mena-Pole Charkhi. Currently, my educational complex has 58 employees, including teachers, administrative staff, and operational staffs.”
In the future, Andar plans to expand her private education business by establishing additional schools in other provinces.