Grateful and Undaunted
At this time of year, we are reminded of our many blessings and how the people in our lives enrich us and bring joy to every day. All of us at the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) are especially grateful to you, for your generous support of our efforts to help the people of Afghanistan overcome many challenges: women are emerging from the darkness of illiteracy to a bright and hopeful future; rural Afghan villages are being empowered to provide education and health care for their children – boys and girls; young men and boys who were part of the violence are finding a reason to believe in peace. All of this and much more is possible because of your contribution. Thank you!
As you celebrate this Holiday Season and anticipate the approach of the New Year, we hope that you will think of us again and make another donation to help ensure AIL is able to continue our work. You have most likely heard that Afghanistan continues to suffer terrible insecurity and poverty. But AIL is undaunted by the headlines because we know that the people of Afghanistan are working hard every day to improve their lives and the future of their country. Together with the people of Afghanistan, we are confident because we know that people like you believe in us and stand by us.
When you make your donation, check out the Tribute Card and Gift Card options – and please tell a friend about AIL and encourage them to make a donation too.
No matter what our circumstances today, when we believe in each other and work together, we can be assured that tomorrow will be better. Seasons Greetings and thank you again.
AIL Executive Director
Following is a story from one of the teachers trained by the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) training staff.
“I am one of the teachers in a school where AIL has trained the teachers. 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 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 these methods, the students can take the lessons easily and comprehensively and also I learned how to make plans (annual plans, monthly plans and daily plans) so a teacher can be successful because of having plans.”
The Afghan Institute of Learning regularly holds education workshops and seminars for Afghan teachers to upgrade their training and teaching skills. In the first half of 2010, AIL trained 704 teachers in pedagogy, health and leadership skills.
At a pre-school training seminar held April in Kabul, one teacher said “I have enough work experience in Kindergarten, but I didn’t use these methods and materials which makes the lessons interesting. Lots of materials were available and I didn’t know how to present the lessons in a convenient way to the students. Now I know how to use the lesson materials with the help of this Seminar.”
Another participant said “It has been long time since I worked with a Kindergarten class. I wasn’t acquainted with the new teaching techniques, methods of using lesson materials and organized lesson plans. Now I’ve learned all kinds of better teaching techniques and i will apply them.”
We’d like to share some great news with you that will give you a better understanding of our project and the work we do in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Through the generosity of the Skoll Foundation, a timely video was produced about life in Afghanistan and the work AIL is doing to make a difference. The film producer and crew did a beautiful job capturing the essence of the best of the Afghan people, and the struggles they work with to achieve a better life. This film is now on YouTube, and it will be the best seven minutes you spend today. Moderated by Sakena Yacoobi, AIL’s executive director, this video offers a true taste of Afghanistan. Here’s the link to view it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7t1Xu_MwHg
We are also adding this as a permanent link to this project for future viewing.
Your donation makes a precious impact on the lives of Afghan men, women and children. We thank you for your past support, and encourage you to forward this message to those who can help to continue this important work.
A reminder: June 16 is a special Global Giving Matching Day! - GlobalGiving will be matching all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project for this project at a 50% match. If you could like to donate again to our project, your donation will go further on June 16th. Thank you for your support….
During 2009 the Afghan Institute of Learning held 91 education workshops and seminars for a total of 1846 participants. About 71% of those attending these education training sessions were women.
Fahima a participant in the teacher health workshop, says “All the subjects were interesting, especially Tetanus because we are living an unhealthy environment. Tetanus can transfer immediately because the environment is dusty and unhealthy. Everyone must vaccine themselves, especially women who are between 15-45, to prevent a dangerous illness. Today I will inform every student and all my friends to take the tetanus vaccine to be safe from this disease. And I will convey all the topics the trainers taught us to my students to prevent them from dangerous diseases.”
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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