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Starting at 9am EDT on May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching donations on our project! Any online donation up to $1,000 made today will go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am EDT and midnight to have your donation partially matched by GlobalGiving –guaranteed! Just click here and support our program on May 13th.
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Your support will help AIL to continue opening libraries in our Learning Centers and offices. Recently, one of the Learning Center managers reported that they now have over 500 books in their library, and are now issuing library cards to students! The students are so excited to be able to check out books to take home and read. Your support will help other Learning Center libraries to start lending programs as well.
Please help by donating to our project today, May 13th. Thank you.
Providing reading material is a way to help with the spread of literacy in Afghanistan. AIL supports and runs small libraries, publishes books and magazines and receives donations of books. In 2014, AIL published one copy of its magazine “The Voice of Education”. Each issue is eagerly anticipated and read widely by many people. The magazine covers many topics from education to society, history and more.
AIL Learning Centers (LCs) continue to build their own libraries. One center in Herat Province reported the addition of 430 books at the end of the year donated by parents of students. Another center had 350 come into their collection in November and December. The new books are useful and contain information on many issues. Students and other members of the public come into the library in their free time and read for enjoyment or to answer a question or a problem. Students are learning how to research issues in books and are very thankful to the AIL staff for the provision of the library at the center. AIL even has a library started at its LC in a women’s prison!
Thank you for your support for this AIL project.
One of AIL’s primary goals is to raise the level of education across Afghanistan. Improving the rate of literacy is one of the stepping stones to that goal. An educated people is the key to a self- supporting country. Literacy is elemental to education and can be attained at any age. AIL staff are always encouraging people no matter their age to attend a literacy class.
Reading materials are needed for literacy development. The Citadel Library in Herat, which AIL supports, continues to attract people with visitor numbers of around 170-200 each month. AIL’s Calligraphy Class at the Citadel has 23 male students who are learning this ancient Afghan art. AIL continues to add to its own library in its office in Herat and aims to enlarge the subject matter collection so that people have a resource, whatever the topic they are interested in. AIL also seeks donations where possible and recently 300 songbooks ( Awsana se Sana) were sent to its Kabul Office along with over 800 teachers guides.
Thank you for your interest in literacy in Afghanistan. More information on AIL’s work is included in the latest Creating Hope International’s newsletter which is attached.
Raising the rate of literacy among the Afghan population is of huge importance not just for individual lives but also for the society and nation as a whole. Classes help but so does promoting libraries, reading and providing reading materials. AIL does all of these things.
The Citadel Library in Herat, which AIL supports continues to attract people with visitor numbers of around 170-200. AIL promotes the art of calligraphy by providing a class at the Citadel for 23 male students.
AIL’s work promoting libraries continues and it now has a library at its office in Herat which is available to all. The library contains 3,500 volumes for all ages and covering many subjects such as education, research, technology, computer, English, management, leadership, entertainment, poetry, story telling and much more. AIL staff and their colleagues come to the library and study their favorite books in their free time. There are some expensive books in the library which are difficult to find in the marketplace.
Akhgar, an AIL trainer said, “The library is perfect. I can find any book I like to study and research. I study for one hour every day in my free time. To be honest these books have changed my life significantly. I feel more able and proficient in running my classes since I started studying. I encourage my students to study in their free time and also to expand the culture of studying among youths and children”.
Thank you for your interest in literacy in Afghanistan.
Let’s put our hands together, let’s get together.
Our hands hold our votes and our votes hold our future.
My fellow citizen It’s my vote, it’s your vote
It’s a privilege for enduring peace
My dear fellow citizen, with our vote leadership is in our hands.
On April 5th, an historic election was held in Afghanistan. Over 7 million voters participated, and the elections were generally a peaceful affair. We at AIL hosted election workshops leading up to the vote, and asked the managers of our Learning Centers to educate students at the centers about why the vote was important, what steps they needed to take in order to vote, how to research and select candidates, and how to vote.
The effort to encourage Afghans to vote was not limited to our workshops and Learning Centers however. At a private school owned by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (our CEO) the Arts and Culture Teacher, Mehrjui, set a poem she had written about the election to music. The song encourages all Afghans to become aware of their responsibilities, to select a good candidate for President and to vote. The PSYPS Arts and Culture students sang this song at a celebration on International Women’s Day as well as at our election workshops. The song was incredibly well received, moving many in the audience.
The students, staff, and administration at the school quickly realized how powerful their song was, so with the help of the AIL Academic Advisor and the AIL video production team, they set about recording their song so that it could be shared with a wider audience. They had no idea how popular the song was about to become.
The song quickly went viral, being aired on Afghanistan’s National TV station, as well as on eleven other stations. The song has been played many times over and candidates running for president even asked if they could buy the song to use in their campaign. The PSYPS students and staff declined to sell the song, deciding the purpose of the song was to encourage all Afghans to participate in the elections, not to support just one candidate.
As Afghanistan moves closer to a runoff election this summer, the song continues to be played on the radio and the video over the airwaves. In short, the song continues to encourage Afghans to participate in the upcoming elections and to make sure their voices are heard.
We encourage you to take a moment to view the video made by the students, to read the lyrics below and to see the hope in these young people’s faces. After watching, we hope that you will stand with the youth of Afghanistan, and join us as we work with them to create a peaceful future for their nation.
With one vote, we can be our sultan, our voice
For a better choice for a better leader
My dear fellow citizen, with our vote leadership is in our hand
My fellow citizen, stride, my fellow citizen!
With the name of God, we speak from the power of our thoughts
From our decision, unity, humanity and right
No longer speak of suicide bombing, explosion, but of creativity and pride
Don’t speak of the hills under the thorn
Speak of the friendship of verdant soil and the rose garden
Speak of spring, spring and spring
Let’s hope that this spring Afghanistan will turn into a magnificent garden. A garden in which the smell of every rose invites the world for a spectacle.
Let’s hope for a different spring, for a different year and for a different Afghanistan
Don’t forget my fellow citizen, our rendezvous is in front of ballot boxes on April 5, 2014
Our choice is the remedy
Our choice is for the day of rendezvous
Who we want will be crowned sultan
Attend the opportunity with passion and turn the enemies into wretches
This colored finger is the guiding path and this fist is the hummer for the oppressor
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