Afghan Institute of Learning

AIL's mission is to empower all Afghans who are needy and oppressed, especially women and children, so that they can support and take care of themselves. AIL, an organization founded and run by Afghan women, expands access to quality education and healthcare and encourages community participation in all programs. AIL's goal is to lay a foundation for quality education and health systems in Afghanistan that will meet the needs of women and children today and for generations to come.
Aug 26, 2014

Changing lives through education

AIL has been helping Afghan refugees in Pakistan for 17 years providing education and health care. So far in 2014, 1,699 refugees have benefited from education classes at either the AIL Learning Center or one of 3 AIL schools.

The aim of the classes is to help these people keep up with education so they do not fall too far behind their peer group. Classes are offered in English, Arabic, literacy and sewing. The sewing class gives women a marketable skill they can use to earn money. The preschool class helps the youngest be ready to start school. The class also offers education on health matters and in one month teachers talked about eye care, jaundice and malaria.

AIL provides in depth workshops as part of its comprehensive education program and the Pakistan office provided a Leadership Workshop in April for 33 students and in June for 39 students from the schools. These are 10 day events that provide an opportunity to learn about peace, respect for others, what is leadership, how to be a leader and how to listen to others, empowerment and vision among many other topics. The workshops are interactive so students are able to practice leadership and role play situations so they are more able to use these new concepts in their lives. The session started with students writing out their expectations on paper leaves and placing these on a tree symbolizing growth and the group working on something together.

Students made remarks such as “This is a new thing to me. I learned a lot about leadership, what it is and how to do it. I think all people should go to this workshop.” One of the students said that “Nowadays we and all people every hour and every second face many problems so it’s the duty of mothers not to keep things hidden from children, but to let them know about the area and  environment which they live in. They should tell them about the issues and also let them know what’s happening every day in our world. I am very thankful from AIL staff, especially Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.”

 Your support changes perspectives which changes lives. Thank you.

Aug 26, 2014

Computing - a vital modern skill

There is no getting away from it- computing is a needed skill for many people. The young of Afghanistan like their counterparts worldwide are intrigued by the computer. The classes in computing offered by AIL are highly regarded and fill fast. Graduates go on to gain jobs easily.

One class  held in a village in Kabul Province has  9 boys  who will have  a solid computing background by the end of the course. Many other AIL Learning Centers offer computing sometimes in conjunction with English classes. In the month of June in  Herat Province there were 570 students studying computers including 373 females (259 are girls ages 10-19). In Kabul Province there were 304 computing students that same month.

Students remark how they “enjoy the class and want to learn more and are grateful for this opportunity”.

Aug 26, 2014

Everyone benefits from RH education

AIL staff continue with their in depth and effective workshop programs. Some of the most popular workshops are the Reproductive Health Workshops (RH) and the Expectant Mother Workshops (EM). Even well educated women find they do not know enough about their own reproductive system and the processes that occur in pregnancy and childbirth.

 Here is one participant’s comments: “My name is Anita and I strongly suggest that AIL hold such workshops for all Afghan women in order to decrease the rate of child and maternal death. I am a university student and the topics shocked me. It is so vital for every woman to attend such workshops and learn about reproductive health. I am going to transfer what I learned in this workshop to every Afghan women I see from now on. I am going to stop mothers’ deaths. I thank AIL.”

This sort of lack of knowledge can be dangerous for women. Too many women and babies die or are injured during childbirth in Afghanistan.

So far in 2014, 65 women have attended RH workshops and 100 attended EM workshops. In addition, tens of thousands of women have been given reproductive health education through the AIL clinics and Community Health Workers posts. This information is spread by the women to other members of their families, their friends and neighbors, so knowledge is spread and changes in attitude and behavior follow.

Thank you for your support for this vital work.

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