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.
Dec 5, 2013

In their words...

Peace & Human Rights Workshop
Peace & Human Rights Workshop

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your continued support of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s efforts to spread the message of Peace and Human Rights across Afghanistan. During 2013, AIL came to the realization that the young people of Afghanistan are ready for change and are eager to know what they can do to improve the situation of their country. To quench the youth’s thirst for this information, AIL has begun to hold workshops on topics such as peace, democracy, the importance of elections, social justice and human rights just for them. Here is what the participants in the workshops have to say when they are over: 

My name is Ali and I am 21 years old. I am a student at Herat University. I have never been interested in attending workshops like this before because I always thought they would be boring nonsense, but a friend convinced me to go to just one. After the workshop, I found out that I was wrong for not attending anything like this before. I admit that I was ignorant before. This symposium has helped me to believe in myself, my abilities and my capacity. This workshop persuaded me to search and study more. It helped me to see that I need to be an active member of my community and that I must help my countrymen build their capacity. I thank AIL for changing my views. 

Before coming to this workshop I knew very little about democracy. I had always thought that democracy was only for foreigners and developed countries. I thought that we couldn’t have democracy in Afghanistan, but this workshop helped to change my mind. We can have democracy in Afghanistan. I also learned that benefits of having a democracy on the community where I live. I thank AIL for giving me a chance to really understand what democracy means. 

The youth of Afghanistan are ready to help move the country forward, towards peace, but they need help to know how to do so. AIL’s workshops are giving these students tools and information that they can share with others, and spread the message of peace, democracy and human rights. We thank you for supporting this project, and the important work that it is doing! 

Attached to this report is our year-end newsletter. We hope that you will take a moment to read through it. 


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Dec 5, 2013

In their words...

Students in  Mobile Literacy Class
Students in Mobile Literacy Class

Dear Friends, 

As the year comes to a close, the Afghan Institute of Learning would like to say thank you for your support of our project this year. It is because of your generosity that our program has been able to grow from a pilot program of 2 classes and 4 teachers in 2012, to 30 teachers trained to use this technique and 9 classes for a total of 315 students. We are so excited about the amazing results we continue to see when the teachers combine traditional literacy teaching techniques with text messaging, and cannot wait to offer this class to even more students in 2014! 

Learning to read is life changing for the women and girls in AIL’s mobile literacy classes. It can be hard for many of us to fully appreciate the change that takes place when a person becomes literate. To help express this amazing change, we’d like to share the story of one of the twelve year old students in AIL’s mobile literacy program. 

I am twelve, and as a girl I was expected to stay home all day. This caused me to become depressed. In my community it is shameful for a man to allow his daughters or sisters to go to school after they are 10 years old. Before the age of 10, I lived in an unsafe village. It was so unsafe that I couldn’t go to primary school. I always wished to be able to read and write, but it felt like it would never happen.

We moved to a new city, but we were so far from the main part of the city. Luckily, our new home is near an AIL Learning Center. I heard that they were offering literacy classes at this center, but I wasn’t sure if my father would permit me to attend the class. Finally, I was allowed to attend! I have been studying in the mobile literacy class for about three months now. At first, everything was very strange to me. I thought I had entered a new world. I found new friends. The class was very interesting to me. I can now read and write. In addition, I am learning life skills every day in class, for example, I can now communicate with people all over the world because I can now use a mobile phone. I can call my new friends, and compose and exchange text messages with them. I can also listen to my favorite radio stations on this mobile phone, and when I have free time I can even play games on it. I feel that I am becoming more self sufficient, and am so thankful for this class. 

In Afghanistan, it can be difficult, if not impossible for a girl to enter school if she is behind for her age. Fewer than one in five Afghan women are literate. Without this mobile literacy class, this young girl may have never been able to reach her goal of learning to read. Now that she has, there is a greater chance that others in her family will attend school as well. In addition, when she gets married and has children of her own, it is ten times more likely that her children will also be literate. Your donations have helped to change the course of this girl’s life, and the lives of other girls like her. Thank you.

Attached to this report is our year end newsletter. We hope that you will take a few minutes to read it. 


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Dec 5, 2013

In their words...

Students in a Learning Center
Students in a Learning Center

All of us at the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) want you thank you for your support this year and wish you and your families a very happy holiday season!

We have made a lot of progress this year. We recently opened 3 new learning centers near Herat for women and children who live too far away to go to our centers in Herat City. We have also opened a new center for orphaned street children to receive education and health care.

One of the literacy class students, who attends a center in rural Herat told us:

Four months ago when I was walking to the center, I felt that the distance between home and class was so far, but now it is so near. I found out why it is so, because four months ago I was unable to read the signboards on the sides of the streets, but now I am able to do so. It is very interesting for me. I am very keen to read every sign on the way to school. It makes me so happy and proud of myself.”

We thank you all for your generous support! Please take some time to check out our annual newsletter attached to this report. 


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