A Ceremony, Goldman Sachs 10,000 businesswomen graduation celebration, was held on 5/9/2011 in Gymnasium of AUAF. The target of this event was to celebrate graduation, business exposition, and awarding of certificates to the 2011 graduates of 10,000 women. The host of this ceremony was The American University of Afghanistan, which has provided this opportunity to train Afghan women in different business fields
Goldman Sachs is an international business and management training program which operates in more than 20 countries. The program teaches about 10,000 underserved women to develop the quality and capability of business education. In addition, Investing in education for women leads to more productive workers, healthier and better-educated families, and ultimately to more prosperous communities. The program teaches in different business fields such as: market research, accessing capital, accounting, strategic planning, e-commerce, writing business plans, and marketing. (www.auaf.edu.af)
The Goldman Sachs ceremony was one of the most fascinating ceremonies in which guests from outside AUAF campus were invited. At 10:00 AM, the ceremony started by playing music, Afghan Anthem, and showing some photos of Goldman Sachs teaching programs and activities from both inside and outside the AUAF campus. Afterward, a provided movie of 10,000 businesswomen was played to the audience. Dr. Sharif Fayez, Founder of AUAF and former Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Michael Smith, President of AUAF, Ms. Hasina Mahboubi, Goldman Sachs Graduating Class Representative, Ms. Malalai Jawad, President of Goldman Sachs Alumni Association, and Tamara Myatt, Goldman Sachs Initiative, welcomed the guests to the ceremony, and gave brief information about Goldman Sachs program. They appreciated this program because it leads afghan women to more prosperous communities.
The ceremony seemed more attractive by exhibiting the handmade items. During the ceremony, there were handmade and decorative items, but for sale. The decorative and handmade items were: woven carpets, rags, Afghani cultural clothes, cloaks, arts and etc. in addition, the breakfast and lunch was also provided for guest outside the campus, but not for AUAF members. In conclusion the event was really exciting, and at the end of the ceremony the year 2011 graduated women were awarded.