Since 1995, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been helping Afghans lift themselves above the devastation of war by providing education, training, health care, and health education. AIL’s approach is to interlink health and education programs, like building blocks that together form a whole structure. While delivering these basic services AIL has also been able to promote critical thinking skills and model and teach human rights, women’s rights, peace, democracy, and leadership. With new skills and information, Afghans are becoming empowered and hopeful. Through your financial support, you have been a part of these seeds of systemic change.
Through the natural progression that exists when people begin to think for themselves, AIL often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding, and forgiveness to their people in order to return to a peaceful way of life; the way of their country’s history. Supported by Fetzer Institute, AIL is responding to these requests by holding an International Conference on Love and Forgiveness this Spring that will be shared throughout the country and internationally via film. This conference will focus on the study of Afghan poets and musicians, particularly the work of Mawlana (Rumi). Participating in the conference will be poets, writers, Sufis and government representatives from all parts of Afghanistan and the world.
Joining the Conference, in person, or via film or writings, are:
AIL invites you to join Afghans in thought and through your own study of music and poetry that brings us all closer to the peaceful world we endeavor to achieve.
The total number of teachers trained by the Afghan Institute of Learning in 2011 was 1,722. Imagine the number of students that these teachers are reaching! If each teacher has twenty students (Afghan classes tend to be larger) in their class – that means that 34,440 students are being taught by trained teachers in the first year alone! Each year that these trained teachers continue teaching, they reach more and more students and that number grows substantially. In addition, we know that those teachers share their knowledge and experience with their fellow teachers to help them better understand various teaching methods.
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From January through September of this year, 1,266 teachers have been trained by the staff of the Afghan Institute of Learning. In addition to the Technique Seminars, where they learn the hands-on methodologies of teaching, the teachers are attending workshops and seminars sponsored by AIL. Topics that these teachers have studied include Health, Democracy, Peace, Leadership and others.Here is what one of those teachers had to say:
“I am one of the teachers of this school. Since I have taken AIL’s seminar, I can feel changes in my teaching methods because I am getting very good input from my students and I am very much glad and satisfied. AIL’s seminar teaches us how to use available and natural materials for our lessons and how to stimulate students and how to get a student to participate in the class work such as group work and asking questions. Through which the students can take the lesson easily and comprehensively and also I learned how to make plans (annual plans, monthly plans and daily plans) so a teacher can be successful by having plans.”
For the period of June through August, 2011, another 160 Afghan Teachers attended the Afghan Institute of Learning’s Ten Day Technique Seminar. During this seminar, they ` learn about many different topics such as the good characteristics of a teacher, lesson planning, class arrangements, principles of teaching, psychology, grading and problem solving. The master teacher trainers use question and answer, role playing, group work, and individual work in order to interact with the teachers and keep them interested in the topics and learning different teaching principles to take back to their class rooms. When they leave this seminar, they are far better prepared to interact with their students and to get the students involved in the class. For years, the teachers in Afghanistan have used the rote memorization method in the classroom. AIL is changing this so that the students will learn critical thinking skills.
Another AIL Project, “Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls” has been chosen to be part of the Girl Effect Challenge, which runs from October 15 through November 15, 2011. Approximately 60 projects have been included in this challenge. The top six projects with the highest number of unique donations will become part of the Girl Effect Fund for one year and each is expected to earn an additional $25,000. Please check out our project #8791, and thank you for your generous support of our programs!
AIL’s Teacher Training Program has trained an additional 369 teachers through their Technique Seminars from January through May of this year. Teachers are also attending workshops in other subjects such as decision making, peace, self-esteem, environment, ethics, writing effective lesson plans, report writing, leadership, teaching principles, teaching methods, psychology and others.
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