Pax Populi Academy’s School for Women and Girls Completes Its First School Year — Applications for the New School Year are Now Open!

Congratulations to Pax Populi Academy for the completion of its first year as a full-curriculum underground school for women and girls in Afghanistan! Over the previous nine months, a group of dedicated teachers, students, and administrators worked selflessly to respond to the massive need for schooling for female students in Afghanistan. What began as an experiment ended as a successful demonstration of what can be done when people work together to create an educational community.

Pax Populi is the people-to-people peacebuilding program of the nonprofit organization, Applied Ethics, Inc. (AE). From 2010 until 2023, Pax Populi acted on its mission by offering educational services, primarily English language training to students in Afghanistan through its online school, Pax Populi Academy. After the return of Taliban rule in August 2021, women and girls were barred from participating in schooling beyond the 6th grade. Pax Populi Academy responded by reinventing itself to become a full-curriculum school dedicated to assisting Afghan women and girls to complete their secondary education.

After months of planning, in October 2023, the new PPA was launched as an underground secondary school with classes held five days a week from October through June, with breaks during the New Year’s holiday and following the Holy Month of Ramadan. After a three-month pilot project with only 10 students, we increased the number of students to 25. The school curriculum was modeled on international standards and includes various forms of mathematics, such as pre-algebra math, algebra I and II, etc., computer science, biology, history, conversational English, and academic English for research and writing.

Our second school year will begin on August 26, 2024. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year are now being accepted.

Our upcoming class is expected to have approximately 50 students.

Accepted students will not be charged tuition or fees for attending the school.

The following are the requirements for application.

  • Students must be able to access the internet by computer or smartphone.
  • Knowledge of Dari and basic English language skills
  • Parental approval of their daughter’s enrollment in the school
  • A firm commitment to attend classes five days every week over a complete school year
  • Pledge to follow the security protocols to minimize the risk associated with attending a school for young women.

To apply, please fill in the form associated with this link:   

For questions, please write to or lara@appliedethics.og.

To donate, please click on this link.

For more information on Pax Populi’s underground school, click here.