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.
Feb 19, 2009

2008 Year End Wrap Up

1145 Give Afghan Refugees the Gift of Education

In 2008, AIL educated 4,727 Afghan refugees in its schools and Women's Learning Centers (WLC) in Northern Pakistan. 72% of those educated were women and girls.

During 2008, one of AIL's WLC's reached a milestone-- its first class of girls studying in the 9th grade. This is a truly remarkable story as this group of initially illiterate girls from a very traditional, rural, conservative area in Afghanistan began studying with AIL 7 years ago and have continued their studies until now.. Here is one of the girl's stories:

"I am from a poor and narrow-minded family that does not allow their daughters to go outside the home to study. My father has always told me that he did not have enough money to pay the fees to send me to school; he barely had enough money to feed me and pay our rent. Besides, he said, if he allowed me to go to school my relatives and neighbors would say that he was not zealous enough since no one allows their daughters to go to school. One day my neighbor told me that there was a center that teaches women and girls and that you can learn a great deal from this school without paying any fees. At first I was really excited until I realized that I was 13 and might have sit in a lower class with younger students. When I was finally allowed to go to the center, I saw that many older women and girls were attending the school. Now I am happy because I can read, and write. I pray 5 times a day to those who open centers like this for women and older girls."

Feb 19, 2009

2008 Year End Wrap Up

In 2008, the Afghan Institute of Learning helped to educate 8,984 boys in AIL Learning Centers. We would like to share the story of Mohammad, a teenaged boy studying at an AIL Learning Center: He says, "When I was 8 years old, I wanted to go to school, but my father didn't let me go. He told me to go control the cows and work in the fields; I had to accept his orders. When I turned 12 years old, I asked my father to let me get an education like the other boys, and he brought me to school. In the beginning, I had lots of problems in my school subjects because my father couldn't help me. I heard about this center of AIL and joined. I want to say that our teacher is very kind. We don't feel that he is a teacher, he behaves like a father and now I am learning a lot!!" Thanks to all of your who have contributed to this project for helping boys like Mohammad have an opportunity to have a quality education!!!!

Feb 19, 2009

2008 Year End Wrap Up

During 2008 AIL served 5071 females in women's learning centers in Herat. They studied many subjects including sewing, art, embroidery, beautician, Arabic, English, literacy, math and physics. We would like to share with you the story of one of the beneficiaries of the learning centers in Herat: "Five years ago, when I enrolled myself in the AIL Women's Learning Center, my neighbor made fun of me and told me that I was to old to learn and that I should go home and have a normal life. She added that if I started learning now, I would implement whatever I learned in the other world. I told her 'I will learn now, and I will implement my knowledge in this world.' Fortunately, I succeeded in my task because I believed in it and I am now a tailor; I am a teacher; and I am a Community Health Worker providing consultations to other women in my village. It is funny that now my neighbor and her family come to me to receive health education, medicine and family planning education, and it is unbelievable to her that I have reached this level of success. Recently, this neighbor sent her 3rd grade daughter to the center to learn reading and writing. Once again, I told my neighbor 'Humans can learn at any stage no matter how old they are; it is not late for anybody.'" Thank you so much for making this possible!!!!!

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