“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.
Another program has been started in Herat at the restored Gawhar Shad Musalla Complex that is helping to train boys as well as girls. In addition to their continued offerings in their Learning Centers, The Afghan Institute of Learning has set up several cultural and specialty classes at the Complex in hopes of attracting the attention of young students and to continue some of the historical Afghan craftmaking.
A new program they are offering is a three month photography course. Immediately, seven young men enrolled in the course. AIL continuously expands their programs to keep the young men of Afghanistan engaged in education and job skills.
AIL is seeing increasing numbers of young men in some of their centers. They are excited to have the opportunity to learn. The following story is from one of the students at a rural center in a very conservative area far from Herat City, which just recently opened:
“I am Mohammad Elham, one of Dy-Dana (CBO) ‘s student. It has to be mentioned that the center makes lots of efforts to provide contribution to students in their school subjects and solve their problems by the skillful and professional teachers. On the other hand, the teachers aware us about social, ethical, Islamic and cultural matters and always serve students. I thank the educational services of A.I.L. to spiritually improve people.”
Mohammad, one of the English students, said, “One of my great wishes was to speak English. This wish of mine has been accomplished with the help of my hardworking teachers. I hope that AIL continues to support teachers in different parts of Afghanistan in order to totally eliminate illiteracy, and that our country could compete with other countries across the world.”
Five Reasons to Celebrate
The year 2010 has been one of many challenges for people throughout the world. In Afghanistan, insecurity, violence, and poverty continue to threaten communities. But the people of Afghanistan are strong and hopeful, and they are working hard to overcome these challenges. At the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), we see it every day. You can help Afghans, particularly women and children, to create a better future for themselves and their families with a contribution to AIL through Global Giving.
Looking back upon the year, what we focus on are our reasons to celebrate.
In fact, you make all of the other reasons to celebrate possible. Here is the rest of AIL’s top five reasons to celebrate in 2010:
Your renewed support will help AIL and the Afghan people start 2011 with renewed hope. If you have not yet renewed your support for AIL, please donate today and tell a friend. Thank you and best wishes.
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