Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

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.

Oct 17, 2006

Annual Report

Oct 12, 2006


Between January and August 2006, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has held classes for 6,157 Afghan boys in educational learning centers and schools in Herat, Kabul and Parwan, Afghanistan and Peshawar, Pakistan.

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Project Leader

Toc Dunlap

Executive Director
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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