More than 7 million Afghans have no access to reading books in schools. They are learning to read from textbooks, but they lack other books to read. The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) is purchasing and publishing books for libraries for the 25,000 students in the centers and schools that it supports. It is also supplying books to a public library in Herat. With these books, students will be able to apply what they have learned and expand their minds through reading about other subjects.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
AIL has responded to the educational crisis by providing education to poor urban and rural Afghans, especially women and children, through community based Learning Centers and schools. AIL is making great strides in providing education, but the access to written learning materials is limited at best. Most texts are available are from foreign sources and do not address the educational needs of Afghans, and other books that will meet the needs are not being produced.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project goal is to have small lending libraries in all of AIL's Learning Centers and schools and to expand the collection in the public library. AIL also plans to open lending libraries in each of its 3 offices to provide better access to books for the local communities. To achieve this goal, AIL will need to both publish and purchase books. All of these libraries will be available to the students of the Learning Centers and schools and will be shared with the communities they serve.
Potential Long Term Impact
The value of books is clear. Reading helps us receive information, pass time, understand other people's perspectives and cultures, to write and think better, and to see a world outside of the one in which we live. At least 25,000 women and children each year will benefit from reading thee books.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,843
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $47,157
Total Funding Goal: $50,000