We would like to share with you a success story from one of our rural Women’s Learning Centers (WLC) in Herat province. This WLC is located in a village that does not have a school. This WLC began after the village came to AIL and asked for a center to be established in a building that the village would provide. AIL agreed, and was surprised when a large number of boys began attending classes at the center. There are now approximately 140 boys (of 440 students) attending a variety of courses at the center including six different levels of literacy, computers, English, Arabic and Pashto. At the end of each year, the students take the government-approved test, and are certified as having passed each grade level. The first students to take classes at the center are considered to be in the sixth grade. The WLC is now looking to become a certified school. Without this center, and without your help, these 140 boys would not have an opportunity to receive an education. Thank you for supporting our efforts and helping to provide this village with a place to educate its young men.
Imagine our delight when we read that one of AIL’s Learning Centers in a very unsecured area near Kabul had more than doubled their enrollment of students from one month’s report to the next. Imagine our absolute surprise to learn that the additional students were all boys! Immediately we asked questions of the AIL Kabul Office. They reported that a local businessman purchased computers and a solar powered device that provides electricity to the center in order to expand the programs there. The Center hired two additional teachers and is offering English and Computer courses for young men. Immediately, 58 males enrolled in these courses. The Center intends to expand this training to females once the security situation is more controlled.
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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.
During 2011, 4,477 boys attended classes at AIL’s Learning Centers in Kabul and Herat. One of those students, named Mohammad Shafee is 10 years old and has been studying for one year at an AIL Learning Center. His father is deceased, but his mother and his brothers support his efforts to receive an education. Shafee says, “I am thankful for Dr. Yacoobi and the teachers at my center for helping me to learn literacy. I wish them all a long life full of success. I will continue my studies and I will help my people in the future.”
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“Ali Khidadad is a boy who lost his father a few years ago. He is living with his uncle. He is registered in English class. His teacher says he is very clever and really wants to learn English. He always gives thanks for the director of this center.”
These are the kinds of stories we see every month. Young men are entering classes and not giving into some other way of life despite their circumstances. They know that education is key to bringing their own lives and their country forward.
Thank you to all of you who supported this project this year. You are making a difference.
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