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

Looking at the first six months of 2010, the Afghan Institute of Learning has 9 active Education Learning Centers for rural Afghan women in Herat. Two new centers opened in April. 4,734 students of all ages come to these learning centers to become educated in such subjects as literacy, language, sewing and tailoring, computers, carpet weaving, English, math, beauty shop management, miniature painting, embroidery, macramé, Arabic, Pushto, and engraving.

Students and teachers at three of the centers had the opportunity to attend workshops on women’s health and democracy.

Here is a story from one of the sewing students at the Sar Asia learning center: “I was born in an illiterate family. My family didn’t want me to study until I came here. I hope that one day I will become a good tailor in my society for the servicing of my people. Afghanistan women, as you know, are suffering many pains right to have the need to help. I think I should work hard in my society because my country needs to reconstruct. Thanks for AIL who help the people of my village.”

Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

The Afghan Institute of Learning schedules and holds leadership and democracy workshops in several provinces throughout the year. Participants learn an awareness of their human rights, the meaning of democracy, how they can participate in their society and hold elected leaders accountable, how they themselves can serve people and as individuals, practical ways they can bring democracy and respect human rights. Year to date in 2010, AIL has offered given 12 specific workshops and seminars that teach leadership, democracy and capacity building skills to 359 participants. In addition, human rights and leadership values are taught in all other workshops and seminars.

A participant of a leadership workshop this year in Herat shares, “I didn’t understand my responsibilities in our society and actually, I didn’t understand who is a leader before I attended this workshop. Now I realize my responsibility and I can bring positive changes in the life of people in my environment. I can solve the problems of people because I attended a capacity building workshop at the AIL office and this second workshop.”

Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

The Afghanistan Institute of Learning provides health services through its six health clinics in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Education about health topics are also offered at these clinics as well as through the Community Health Worker programs. In the first six months in 2010, AIL treated 101,821 patients and gave health education to 104,906 individuals.

At a recent Reproductive Health workshop, one woman shared the following: “All of the time my babies were premature and I didn’t take care about proper eating of food and vegetables and family planning. When I came here I learned how to take care of my babies. I believe AIL is like an experienced mother in our society who is here to get more information to the women of Afghanistan.”

Another participant said “In the period of Taliban we hadn’t have any clinic or any hospital in my village. All the pregnant women delivered their babies in their houses. This process was very dangerous for the women. Right now, we have a clinic in my district all the women. Women go to that clinic and solve their pregnancy problems. My thanks to AIL that support the clinic in my village.”

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