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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