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.
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!
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