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.
Nov 25, 2014

Prepping for the tough Afghan winter

As winter approaches, AIL is making sure it is well supplied with food and other items in case of disaster. Sometimes the poor just cannot get by in the harsh weather and then AIL is able to make distributions of basic food stuffs such as oil, rice and beans. AIL needs funds to restock its shelves with emergency rations. The staff hope each year that they will have enough to help everyone who needs it. Weather is not the only emergency that might happen in the next 4 months of cold weather and AIL will be ready to offer help whatever the crisis.

Your support would be greatly appreciated. More information on AIL’s work is included in Creating Hope International’s newsletter.

Nov 25, 2014

480 Students Educated in Mobile Literacy Classes!

Mobile Literacy Student
Mobile Literacy Student's Phone

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your support of AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, which combines AIL’s proven literacy curriculum with texting to increase the pace of learning. 2014 has been an exciting year for our Mobile Literacy Program. Thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors, as well as funding from other sources, we have been able to offer 16 mobile literacy classes to 480 students.

As we had said before, when we began the classes, we expected that combining literacy with texting would help the women and girls to learn to read much faster than in a traditional classroom. We did not expect that the women would have their eyes opened to a whole new world. One young woman said, “I like to communicate with my family, but I was not able to without help. I was uneducated and ashamed of myself, until I began attending the mobile literacy class. The class changed my life, and made me think more positively about myself and the community that I live in. The teacher helped me to believe in myself, and to explore my interests. I know that I am really going to enjoy my life now.”

Another woman, a mother, said, “My son has been living abroad for many year. I miss him so much, but it has always been so difficult to talk stay in touch with him. This class has taught me how to use a cell phone, and now I can call my son. In addition, I am learning to read and write, which will allow me to text with my son and make it even easier to stay in touch.”

As you can see, not only are the women learning to read and write, a whole new world is being opened to them. Some women are able to communicate with family around the globe, some are able to keep in touch with the new friends they’ve made in class, and all leave the class able to read, write and use a mobile phone. Thank you for helping to make this possible.

We have attached our year-end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it. 

Nov 25, 2014

729 Teachers Trained

A Teacher Trainer by AIL
A Teacher Trainer by AIL

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for the support of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s (AIL) work training Afghan teachers. So far in 2014, 729 teachers have been trained, and 477 of those have been women. AIL trains teachers to encourage their students to use critical thinking skills to solve problems, and use group work in their classrooms, rather than relying on rote memorization. In addition to month long, intensive trainings, AIL offers ongoing training to teachers at AIL Learning Centers and several private schools, as well as short one hour workshops to address a particular topic with the teachers.

AIL’s workshops often help new teachers feel more prepared to enter the classroom as a teacher. Nasreen, a 21 year old teacher at a private school was in one of AIL’s recent teacher training seminars and said “I graduated last year and was assigned to teach at my current school, but I confess that I didn’t know anything about teaching. I faced so many problems. For instance, I didn’t know how to keep my students interested in the lessons or how to motivate or inspire them. I have always wanted to be a teacher, hoping that I would be able to guide my students in the best possible way. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very successful.

I think this is about to change now that I have participated in the AIL teacher training seminar. I have learned so many skills and methods, which I am planning to use in my classes. I really feel like I have become a professional teacher and am much better prepared to walk in to my classroom.”

Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to train Afghan teachers to be the best possible educators for their students. Each year, your support helps AIL to train nearly 1,000 teachers – teachers who reach upwards of 30,000 students in their careers. Thank you for understanding the value of education, and of quality teaching.

We have attached our year end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it. 


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