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.
The Afghan Institute of Learning is very excited to have been given the opportunity to blog at Huffington Post! Our first blog about the Women’s Networking Movement taking place in some of AIL’s centers has been posted. The Women’s Networking Movement is taking place in about 30 of AIL’s centers, schools and clinics. The women coming to these centers are sharing thoughts and ideas in ways that have not been possible until recently.
To learn more about the Women’s Networking Movement, check out our blog at Huffington Post!
Creating Hope International, AIL’s partner, has set up a Facebook page where we will be sharing more news, pictures and information about AIL’s programs. Make sure that you ‘Like’ Creating Hope International on Facebook to get all the latest news!
All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support of training Afghan teachers. We’ve had a very successful year thus far and we are looking forward to the months ahead. Thanks to your support, we are able to hold training seminars and workshops for the teachers at our centers to make them more effective in methodology, student retention, and technique.
In 2012, we held 130 teacher training workshops and seminars reaching some 1,478 teachers, 1,229 of which were female. These workshops covered topics such as technique, leadership, and health. They also offered teachers individual specialization seminars for courses like Arabic, English, mathematics, testing methods, computer technology, and problem solving just to name a few. AIL also sponsored 96 other training seminars open to teachers as well as students; these trainings reached over 4,000 Afghans. They trained students in a variety of subjects including social justice, health, and leadership. Participants in these seminars are making a real difference in their communities by taking up leadership roles and working to transform people’s lives.
Thanks to donations like yours, we have been able to train teachers to be more capable at teaching students relevant materials in a focused, energetic, and methodologically sound manner. Students in our centers are learning more because they have superior teachers who are very competent and possess a large base of knowledge. We have goals to reach even more teachers this year because it is so evident how effective these training are. Again, we wish to thank you for your support!
The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. As you celebrate with those you love, please take a moment to look at CHI’s yearly newsletter, which we’ve attached to this report. As you will see, 2012 has been a transformative year for AIL and CHI. After years of working tirelessly to provide education, training and healthcare to Afghans, we are beginning to see a real change. The minds of those AIL works with are being opened to the possibility of a peaceful Afghan society.
AIL is in the process of finalizing a 5 year funding plan, which will be put into place beginning in 2013. We are looking forward to sharing the details of this plan with you soon, and hope that you will find it in your heart to give generously to help us reach our goal. The people of Afghanistan are making great strides, but our work is not done yet. Instead of backing down, we need to push ahead and continue to give Afghans the tools they need to create a more peaceful country. We are hoping that we can count on you to help continue our work.
The women are beginning to see that through education they can have a better life, and are insisting on educating their children. They are taking charge of their health, and we are seeing more and more women requesting workshops on pre-natal issues as well as reproductive health. AIL is encouraged to see so many Afghan women looking forward to a brighter future and is planning to be there to help the women lead the way to the Afghanistan of their dreams.
Thank you for your support of AIL’s project. While the situation in Afghanistan continues to prove challenging, with your help AIL is finding ways to continue bringing high quality training to the teachers of Afghanistan.
Through September 2012, AIL has held trainings for 927 teachers. These trainings vary from 10-day teaching technique seminars, to one-hour trainings on very specific subjects. All of the seminars and workshops train the teachers to use interactive teaching methods to engage students in discussion and encourage higher level thinking skills, as opposed to using rote teaching and memorization. After all of the workshops, AIL staff asks the participants to fill out an evaluation to find out what the participants found to helpful, and what needs to be improved upon. Here are opinions from two recent teacher training seminars.
Throughout the seminar we learned a new method of teaching, preparing lesson plans, asking questions, defining objectives of lessons, preparing tests and evaluating the results. This seminar was helpful for me because I learned that I can teach more efficiently.
We learned those things which are important to be a skillful teacher. For example, new methods of teaching, preparing lesson plans and writing test material. The most interesting theme for me was that a teacher must also be a psychologist which will help us better understand the student while we are teaching.
Don’t forget! The holidays are a great time to share your passion for AIL and the great work that they do! GlobalGiving offers gift certificates which can be used to donate to AIL’s projects. Also, beginning December 1st, the initial donation made by recurring donors will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving. There is only $25,000 available in matching funds, so help AIL take advantage of this opportunity early!
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