The story of this student illustrates the benefit of AIL’s rural learning centers:
Hayida, one of the students of the AIL women’s learning center in our village, is the most successful girl with her lessons. She seriously studies her lessons and does her house work and in addition to her lessons, she sew clothes for the people and finds money for her family and she can buy shoes, clothes and stationery for her brothers and sisters. Her parents are proud of her efficiency and capability and they are so happy to see that their daughter is the most intelligent among all the students in the course. Hayida says, “Before I was in the course, I couldn’t dial a phone number but now I can study and I can account for the expenses of my family; also I encouraged my mother to study the literacy class.
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Fast-Track classes offered by the Afghan Institute of Learning are for women and girls looking for extra help and to quickly further their education. Many of the older women also come to the center to learn sewing, and become interested in learning to read. In the first 6 months of 2010, there were 2586 students in literacy classes and 1372 students in tailoring classes.
Having all-female classes allows a woman to get an education in an area with conservative cultural values. A student writes: ““I was uneducated and came to this center to learn how to sew. I started learning sewing and can sew clothes for the people living around us and can support my family financially. Besides sewing class, I also joined the Literacy class and now can read and write a little. The AIL office helps us (uneducated girls/women) to stand on our feet and support our families.”
Another student is 27 years old. She is a mother and homemaker, but also interested to learn more knowledge. Now she is taking part in holy Quran class, literacy class and English class. She has lots of hopes and wishes about her future, and would like to go to college one day. She is very happy about her situation and thankful for AIL.
We’d like to share some great news with you that will give you a better understanding of our project and the work we do in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Through the generosity of the Skoll Foundation, a timely video was produced about life in Afghanistan and the work AIL is doing to make a difference. The film producer and crew did a beautiful job capturing the essence of the best of the Afghan people, and the struggles they work with to achieve a better life. This film is now on YouTube, and it will be the best seven minutes you spend today. Moderated by Sakena Yacoobi, AIL’s executive director, this video offers a true taste of Afghanistan. Here’s the link to view it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7t1Xu_MwHg
We are also adding this as a permanent link to this project for future viewing.
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The women and girls in Fast-Track classes in the Afghan Institute of Learning’s Women’s Learning Centers (WLC) and schools range from school age girls, looking for extra help and to quickly further their education, to older women attending literacy courses. Many of the older women also come to the center to learn sewing, and become interested in learning to read. Having all-female classes allows a woman to get an education in an area with conservative cultural values. A student writes: “I am a girl who could not go to school due to my family’s strictness. I love to be educated. When I heard about Literacy class in this center, I came here and learned how to read and write. Besides, reading and writing I also learned how to sew the clothes and recite Holy Quran and now by the grace of Allah, I can read and sew too. I want to thank my teachers!”
Other AIL Accomplishments in 2009 included:
• AIL trained over 1,800 Afghan teachers in pedagogy subjects, leadership, human rights, and school health. These teachers went to their classes and directly impacted over 500,000 students teaching these important subjects.
• Nearly 23,000 students (primarily women and children) attended classes at AIL educational learning centers.
• Over 362,000 Afghans received medical treatment and health education from AIL’s 6 health clinics and community health worker program.
• In January 2010, AIL expanded humanitarian aid efforts with the harsh winter and reached out to 22 families in need. AIL staff delivered to each family quantities of rice, cooking oil and tea. Most heads of the family were widows with children from Herat, and were recommended by community members.
• In February 2010, flooding in the Enjil district of Herat destroyed many family homes, and AIL responded with a concerted effort of initial food aid.
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