Educating Afghans in Peace and Human Rights

 
$1,445
$5,635
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Mar 5, 2014

Workshop having an impact!

Girls in a Workshop
Girls in a Workshop

Dear Friends, 

 During 2013, your generous support allowed the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)  staff to develop workshops  focused on teaching young Afghans about peace, human rights and democracy.

 It is estimated that over 60% of the population of Afghanistan is under the age of 25. Given this, the AIL staff is focusing on teaching these young Afghans, particularly young women, about peace, human rights and how democracy impacts their lives. Many of these students have known nothing but war for the whole of their lives, and these workshops open the student’s eyes to the possibility of a different future for their country. 

 "Peace brings happiness, prosperity, security and stability to community where people live. Peace is the base of a prosperous life by which a country reaches joy and luxury"

15-year-old workshop attendee

 As hard as it can be for those who have always lived in a democratic nation to understand, many Afghans are struggling to see why democracy matters to them. They do not think that voting has an impact, and they do not think that they can do anything to help Afghanistan move towards peace. AIL’s workshops are helping the young people to see that they have the power to make a different, by taking both small and large actions. 

Before coming to this workshop I did not know much about democracy. I always thought democracy was for foreigners and developed countries. I didn’t think we could have democracy in Afghanistan, but this workshop changed my mind. We can have democracy here too. I also learned the benefits of having democracy in the community. I thank AIL for giving me the chance to understand what democracy means.

During 2013 your support helped AIL to offer workshops in peace, human rights, and democracy for over 1,000 Afghans, the majority of whom were Afghan youth. Thank you for your support and for seeing the difference this project can make!!

Dec 5, 2013

In their words...

Peace & Human Rights Workshop
Peace & Human Rights Workshop

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your continued support of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s efforts to spread the message of Peace and Human Rights across Afghanistan. During 2013, AIL came to the realization that the young people of Afghanistan are ready for change and are eager to know what they can do to improve the situation of their country. To quench the youth’s thirst for this information, AIL has begun to hold workshops on topics such as peace, democracy, the importance of elections, social justice and human rights just for them. Here is what the participants in the workshops have to say when they are over: 

My name is Ali and I am 21 years old. I am a student at Herat University. I have never been interested in attending workshops like this before because I always thought they would be boring nonsense, but a friend convinced me to go to just one. After the workshop, I found out that I was wrong for not attending anything like this before. I admit that I was ignorant before. This symposium has helped me to believe in myself, my abilities and my capacity. This workshop persuaded me to search and study more. It helped me to see that I need to be an active member of my community and that I must help my countrymen build their capacity. I thank AIL for changing my views. 

Before coming to this workshop I knew very little about democracy. I had always thought that democracy was only for foreigners and developed countries. I thought that we couldn’t have democracy in Afghanistan, but this workshop helped to change my mind. We can have democracy in Afghanistan. I also learned that benefits of having a democracy on the community where I live. I thank AIL for giving me a chance to really understand what democracy means. 

The youth of Afghanistan are ready to help move the country forward, towards peace, but they need help to know how to do so. AIL’s workshops are giving these students tools and information that they can share with others, and spread the message of peace, democracy and human rights. We thank you for supporting this project, and the important work that it is doing! 

Attached to this report is our year-end newsletter. We hope that you will take a moment to read through it. 


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Nov 6, 2013

Thank you from AIL!

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

Thank you so much for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning’s (AIL) various projects on GlobalGiving. Over the years, the Global Giving donors have become invaluable to AIL. Through your generous support, AIL has been able to provide Afghans with education, health care, training and more.

It is your continued support that is now allowing AIL to evolve along with the young people of Afghanistan. We’d like to share with you the story of how one young woman’s life has been changed thanks to one of AIL’s programs:

I am a 19-year-old woman with two children. I had always wanted to go to school and learn to read, but there was not a school close to my home. It was not safe for me to try and travel to another village to go to school, but I always told myself that if I could go to school, I would be able to get a job and reach my goals.

It was painful to me when my brother learned to read and write, but I couldn’t. One day I watched some women and children who were going somewhere. When I saw that one of them was a woman who had an 8-year-old girl with her, I stopped her and said “Excuse me. Where are you going?” She answered, “A learning center has been established for illiterate women and their children recently. I am going to register myself and my children.”

When I heard this, I was so happy and I said to her, “Please wait a minute. I want to go with you and start to take classes too.” I joined them on their way to the learning center. When we arrived, I was so excited because I saw a lot of women there who had been learning.

Now, I can read and write and I can say proudly that I am literate. I have also learned to be healthy and to be a leader. I am reaching out and touching my wishes and goals. I thank AIL for this opportunity to reach my goals.

Thank you for the support that you give to AIL. We are so grateful to all of our supporters for their continued support of our projects on GlobalGiving. Thank you!

Sep 9, 2013

Four Workshops Held in July

Female Students in a Workshop
Female Students in a Workshop

Dear Friends, 

Thank you so much for your support of AIL’s efforts to spread messages of Peace and Human Rights through the unique and informative workshop created by AIL.

During the month of July, the AIL Office in Herat was able to offer four workshops on the topic of Peace and Human Rights to a total of 121 female students, ages 12-22. Each workshop lasted for three hours. The purpose of the workshop was to familiarize the students with the ideas of peace, justice and democracy. One of the students who participated in the workshop said:

I am a high school student. I didn’t know much about democracy because we don’t study it at school. Before coming to this workshop, I had always thought that democracy was a political word and it belonged to politicians, but now I have a different view. I think democracy is the basis of a luxurious and prosperous community and every member of the society needs to pay attention to this word. I thank AIL for giving me the chance to attend this workshop and increase my knowledge about democracy. 

Another participant said:

            Before coming to this workshop I did not know much about democracy. I always thought democracy was for foreigners and developed countries. I didn’t think we could have democracy in Afghanistan, but this workshop changed my mind. We can have democracy here too. I also learned the benefits of having democracy in the community. I thank AIL for giving me the chance to understand what democracy means. 

We sincerely thank you for supporting our efforts. As you can see from the quotes above, these workshops are opening the eyes of participants to new ideas and possibilities. They are taking the lessons learned and sharing them with friends and family, making the impact of each workshop much greater than just the number of people in the workshop. Thank you for helping AIL in this effort. 

Jun 11, 2013

More Great News from the Afghan Institute of Learning

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receives her hood at Princeton
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receives her hood at Princeton

So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you.

First, on Tuesday the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University. The official citation reads:

 With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world.

Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country.

The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning.

Finally, tomorrow is a Global Giving Matching Day, and because AIL is a superstar partner, all donations will be matched at 50%! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EST and funds generally run out after just a few hours.To select a project that you might like to donate to, visit AIL’s page on GlobalGiving

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Toc Dunlap

Executive Director
Dearborn, MI United States

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