Afghan Institute of Learning

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) works to empower all Afghans who are needy, especially women and children, providing them the knowledge and skills to care for themselves. AIL is expanding access to quality education and healthcare through community based programming, enabling communities to develop the capacity of their people. The goal is to create a foundation of quality education and health systems throughout Afghanistan which meet the needs of local people now and in the future. AIL was founded by an Afghan woman and is run by women, reaching thousands each year through health facilities, educational centers and training programs.
Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

In addition to educating women and girls, the Afghan Institute of Learning also offers classes to helped to educate boys and young men in the AIL Learning Centers. Education allows Afghan males to find good employment and support their families, and offers an option to joining more extreme factions. 4,011 boys studied at AIL centers and schools in the first half of 2010.

Here’s a story from one of these boys: “My name is Mohammed. I am 18 years old and a student of class 11. Besides being a good carpenter, I want to be a good student. I found Nasir Khisraw Balkhi Center one of the best centers to learn. After getting admission in this center, I knew my choice was good. It is a place where people can get education and learn. I feel proud to be a student of this center. It has been 6 months that I study in the English class. Now I am able to teach some English to small children of our area, for which I receive a little fee from my students. I use this for my pocket money and also to support my family. I want to thank the AIL Office and all its staff members and wish them success.”

Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

The Afghan Institute of Learning supported six Pre-School Education Programs for 674 children in the first six months of 2010. A parent of one of the children said “I want to thank your center from my heart for helping my daughter in her lessons. She daily studies her lessons at home with interest and wants to be present at the course on time. She hasn’t just amazed me but also her mother that how happily she studies. She also tells her teachers’ advice to her brothers and sisters at home. She wishes to stand beside her teachers one day as a teacher to help her people.”

Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

More than 90% of AIL’s projects are community-based. Local community leaders work with AIL staff to develop requested classes and programs. Leadership qualities are taught in most classes to empower participants. One student said, “Now I am passing the 4th level class. I never I properly thanked AIL that I have become literate. My family is 10 brothers and sisters and it was very difficult for my parents, especially for my father, to pay school fees for all of us. Now I and my four sisters are in the center studying and I am very happy because my dream has become true. My reading is very good, and I try my best in writing as well. I want to do something for my parents in the future.”

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