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Association of Upper Egypt for Education and Development
History and Background
The Association was established in 1940, and provides education and development initiatives in four main governorate of Upper Egypt: Menya, Assiut, Sohag and Luxor.
When Father Henry Ayrout – the funder -established the Association, believing  that the provision of elementary education is a focal point for community development.he thought that the school is the venue , where children get their education, values and learn to actively participate in the development of their local communities.
Through the schools and community  development centers, the Association conducts its developmental services to the community as a whole providing health, nutrition, vocational training,  youth and women empowerment programs. Educating young girls is the first step towards empowering women and raising their self esteem, hence, spreading out the female rights among the community members and redressing gender discrimination

The Association of Upper Egypt for Education and Development (AUEED) started providing services to the Egyptian community in 1940, when the Jesuit Fathers established the AUEED and requested from Fr. Henry Ayrout -a Prominent Egyptian Sociologist- to manage it.
the main scope of services provided was "Education", until the total number of schools of the AUEED reached 120 -varying between one class schools & full capacity modern schools.
Fr. Ayrout was assisted by several wealthy Egyptian families to support the AUEED activities financially as the AUEED provided its free-of-tuition education before the government has applied this program on the national level.
The number of the AUEED schools changed through time through merging some schools and phasing out others, till it reached 40 schools in 1956, after the ministerial law that  was enacted to assure that every school must have at least 6 classes and a playground.
In 1964, the AUEED administration was shifted to staff other than clergymen, and the scope of services of the AUEED started to widen, while new internal bylaws were set. In 1967 the Association was registered officially with  the Ministry of Social Affairs.
In 1960, the AUEED constructed a center for empowering women in Akhmim, this center provided basic education and offered vocational training for women, today the products of the center have earned a worldwide reputation, and an annual exhibition is organized each year for selling these products at the premises of the the AUEED in Cairo.
The Administration of the AUEED witnessed a dramatic change to the better in 1965, when Mr. Amin Fahim (a prominent Lawyer) was selected as chairman. He went on modifying the internal hierarchy of the administration and tackling managerial obstacles for achieving better results, which empowered the AUEED in providing improved services to the people of Upper Egypt.
In 1971, the AUEED had the initiative of organizing its first seminar to choose school teachers, and introduce them on modern teaching techniques. 
Through the 1970's, AUEED established a de-centralized system for managing the services of the association through a "Leadership Team", which consisted of Department Managers, and some active employees. This team performed organized research about Upper Egypt, and set the suitable strategies for overcoming the problems facing the work.
AUEED established 4 offices in Upper Egypt for managing the activities carried out, in Menya (1982), Assiut (1985), Sohag (1992), and Luxor (1998).

Mission Statement:
We are a community based non profit organization  working in Upper Egypt to empower local communities targeting the poorest of the poor through education and development programs focusing on children, women and youth. We work through dialogue, respect and love and in solidarity with our partners in the community

Main objectives of the organization:
1. To empower the poor in Upper Egypt: through  equipping them with the tools that promote their culture, facilitate changing their economic conditions through learning, training, and active participation that are  based on human values.
2. To dynamize the role of the various groups that we work with so that they have the potential to   fully participate in building their community, shape its values and belief systems, to reflect our work in education and development; in order not to live passively or drift along with negative cultural trends.
3. To network with the society at large and adopt an outward bound orientation with all its sectors and groups through communication and media activities that will inform about our views and beliefs.
4. To develop local communities and enhance their capacities through education and development. 
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