Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

May 15, 2009

May 2009 Update

We’d like to share with you the story of a young man who has come to AIL to supplement his university education. He says, “I am studying Trigonometry at this Institute. I have been studying here for about four months as well as studying at the university for my Bachelors of Business Administration Degree. My major aim (in coming to the center) is to focus on the sciences because I have the most problems with them. I have also come to this center because almost all of the teachers here come from the university and teach different subjects here. The discipline in this Institute is good and all the teachers have good behavior with their students.”

Feb 19, 2009

2008 Year End Wrap Up

In 2008, the Afghan Institute of Learning helped to educate 8,984 boys in AIL Learning Centers. We would like to share the story of Mohammad, a teenaged boy studying at an AIL Learning Center: He says, "When I was 8 years old, I wanted to go to school, but my father didn't let me go. He told me to go control the cows and work in the fields; I had to accept his orders. When I turned 12 years old, I asked my father to let me get an education like the other boys, and he brought me to school. In the beginning, I had lots of problems in my school subjects because my father couldn't help me. I heard about this center of AIL and joined. I want to say that our teacher is very kind. We don't feel that he is a teacher, he behaves like a father and now I am learning a lot!!" Thanks to all of your who have contributed to this project for helping boys like Mohammad have an opportunity to have a quality education!!!!

Aug 22, 2008

Stories to Share

We would like to share with you the story of Mohammad, a male student in one of AIL’s centers. “My name is Mohammad and I have been a student of AIL’s English course for a long time. I was studying English before I can to the center, but I had problems in my previous school. The teacher did not pay attention to each student because the class had nearly 50 students in it. That made me very nervous, and one day my friend told me to join AIL’s English course because the teachers were very talented, and they use new methods during teaching. After I joined this course, my problems have decreased and I am so happy and thankful for my teacher who has helped me. I wish my teacher success in the future.”

Aug 7, 2008

Snapshot (2008) of the Boys Education Project

Between January and July 2008, Creating Hope International’s partner, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), has held classes for 3,296 Afghan boys in educational learning centers and schools in Herat, Kabul and Parwan, Afghanistan and Peshawar, Pakistan.

A male student from AIL’s Mir Bacha Kot Center said, “I am a student of an AIL English course. Because of the fighting in the country, we left our country and I didn’t have the opportunity to continue my education. Since the AIL center was established in our village I got admission and have learned how to read and write. I am so happy now and appreciate that AIL reaches out to the rural areas and provides educational opportunity for all levels.”

Aug 15, 2007

Snapshot of the Boys Education Project—August 2007

The Boys Education Project of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been very successful. The project targets educating older boys who have not had an opportunity to attend school or are behind in their schooling because of the fighting over the years in Afghanistan.

Although known for its highly successful programs for females, AIL has always provided education for boys as well. In 2002, at the request of the boys themselves, AIL began supporting a special school for older boys and advanced classes for boys in Mir Bacha Kot. In 2006, the special school was closed because ALL of the boys, through the fast track AIL system, had been able to mainstream into regular Afghan schools. The advanced classes in Mir Bacha Kot continue in the afternoons for boys who need remedial work or who are trying to ‘catch up” with their age group.

Presently, AIL is providing education to 4467 boys in various centers and classes. Because of the demand and the lack of funding for boys classes, AIL has increased the number of boys to be helped through Global Giving to 360.

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Toc Dunlap

Executive Director
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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