Hi everyone! AIL has been hard at work training teachers in dozens of different workshops and seminars, all tailored to what the teachers need most in their classrooms. With AIL Learning Centers growing at a healthy pace, the demand for effective teachers is also growing…this is something that your support is helping to make a reality. Last year, AIL trained nearly 1,700 teachers, 1,300 of whom were female. Teachers participated in 118 workshops and seminars with topics ranging from teaching techniques and lesson planning to ethics and problem solving. Your donations have made it possible for AIL’s teachers to take part in a wide variety of these trainings to become well-rounded instructors, capable of being flexible to fill many roles while also being able to provide high-quality instruction to their students.
Freeba, a teacher at one of our centers, took part in a short workshop covering how to create effective tests. She said:
“I had problems with giving tests to my students. I didn't know how to make questions so that they weren’t boring or too difficult for the children. After this seminar, I now know how to prepare questions for exams.”
Another teacher, Jamila, took part in a teaching methodology seminar. After participating in the seminar, she reported back to us and said:
“My 2nd grade students were restless and I had difficulty teaching them. I continued teaching but they weren’t learning. In the seminar, they taught us subjects on teaching methods. It was exactly what I was looking for. I learned many teaching methods. For instance, I learned about group work and presentation techniques.
I went to my class and taught my lessons again using the new methods I learned. I noticed that all my students, including those who had difficulties before, learned it well. I feel a change now. I can use these methods in my own way of teaching after this. I wish all teachers could participate in these types of seminars.”
We would like to thank you so much for your support of the Train Effective Afghan Teachers program. Without supporters like you, we couldn’t have accomplished what we have or what we plan to do in the future. Thank you!!
Following our fall teacher training seminars, we have received some success stories from our teachers and would like to share them with you. One of our teachers, Yegana, said:
"I had problems controlling my class. I wasn't able to make them quiet. Now in this seminar I learned methods of teaching to make them interested in learning and I am happy that could participate in this seminar.”
Another one of our teachers, Monesa, participated in a seminar a month ago, and had this to say about our Teacher Training Program:
After the seminar I felt a lot of changes in myself. I can run classes more effectively than ever. I learned new methods by which I teach efficiently and attract all students in a friendly atmosphere. I thank AIL for helping me update my knowledge.
We thank you all for your generous support! Please take some time to check out our annual newsletter attached to this report.
Dear GlobalGiving Donors,
Thank you so much for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning’s (AIL) various projects on GlobalGiving. Over the years, the Global Giving donors have become invaluable to AIL. Through your generous support, AIL has been able to provide Afghans with education, health care, training and more.
It is your continued support that is now allowing AIL to evolve along with the young people of Afghanistan. We’d like to share with you the story of how one young woman’s life has been changed thanks to one of AIL’s programs:
I am a 19-year-old woman with two children. I had always wanted to go to school and learn to read, but there was not a school close to my home. It was not safe for me to try and travel to another village to go to school, but I always told myself that if I could go to school, I would be able to get a job and reach my goals.
It was painful to me when my brother learned to read and write, but I couldn’t. One day I watched some women and children who were going somewhere. When I saw that one of them was a woman who had an 8-year-old girl with her, I stopped her and said “Excuse me. Where are you going?” She answered, “A learning center has been established for illiterate women and their children recently. I am going to register myself and my children.”
When I heard this, I was so happy and I said to her, “Please wait a minute. I want to go with you and start to take classes too.” I joined them on their way to the learning center. When we arrived, I was so excited because I saw a lot of women there who had been learning.
Now, I can read and write and I can say proudly that I am literate. I have also learned to be healthy and to be a leader. I am reaching out and touching my wishes and goals. I thank AIL for this opportunity to reach my goals.
Thank you for the support that you give to AIL. We are so grateful to all of our supporters for their continued support of our projects on GlobalGiving. Thank you!
All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) want to thank our donors for supporting our teacher training programs. Through the first six months this year, we trained 973 teachers, 80% of whom were female. As of June, we have hosted 68 workshops and seminars for teachers to hone their skills, with many more taking place in the coming months. Teachers are being trained in techniques that help students learn more and think critically, but are also getting training in topics that make them better-rounded as educators in general. Attending workshops in leadership, human rights, ethics, security, even topics in effectively educating adults, our teachers are learning new and innovative ways to bring education to their students.
In April, AIL held a week-long technique seminar for about 50 teachers in a relatively remote area outside of Kabul. This particular technique seminar covered a wide range of topics, from how to teach math to how to create tests for students that stimulate critical thinking. Overall, the seminar was very well received and we received a lot of feedback from the teachers. One of the participants had this to say about the seminar:
“First of all I want to thank the AIL trainers for conducting a seminar in this remote area and teaching us the methods which are necessary for teachers. We want to thank them especially for preparing the lesson plan. Their methods of teaching ‘group work’ and ‘practical work’ were interesting. The teachers who are newly hired really benefit from the ideas of the experienced teachers.”
Another teacher expressed his pleasure with the outcome of the seminar:
“We feel big changes in our teaching style, especially in our methodology of instruction.”
We have a large number of workshops being scheduled for the next 12 months, including training seminars in techniques and specialization. A relatively new program that we are helping to pioneer is the use of mobile phones to teach Afghan women and children how to read and write. Fifteen teachers have already been trained in Herat and AIL is planning to train another group in Kabul. Again, we want to thank you all so much for your support!
So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you.
First, on Tuesday the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University. The official citation reads:
With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world.
Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country.
The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning.
Finally, tomorrow is a Global Giving Matching Day, and because AIL is a superstar partner, all donations will be matched at 50%! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EST and funds generally run out after just a few hours.To select a project that you might like to donate to, visit AIL’s page on GlobalGiving.
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