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Feb 17, 2019

Learning Centers have Busy Year

At the start of this new year we reflect on what has been achieved in 2018 and how this has changed women’s lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and increase their capacity.

In 2018, 28,121 students (19,095 female) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are popular, also English, computers, math, weaving. There are some centers that are specialist such as 3 that are preschool only and 1 that is boys computing, 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in Kabul.

Nadia is a Computer class student. “I attended the computer class for 5 months and I learned a great deal.  I am now a fully skilled computer programmer. Computer skills are extremely important and everyone needs to have them.  I am so proud of myself, that I learned this skill and can work for my countrymen.  Recently, I got a part-time job at a foundation for women. I exchange emails and coordinate meetings for the board of directors. I earn money and can buy whatever I need. I am also able to teach computer skills to my children, and don’t need to pay anyone else to do it.  I can communicate with friends and I continue to improve my skills. Whenever a woman can earn money she can live independently and support their family.”

Aqeela attended a 4 month Mobile Literacy Class. “I lost the chance of being educated when I was a teen. I am so happy to have the opportunity to take part in this class and learn to read and write. I heard good things about the class and this persuaded me to join it. In the past 4 months, I learned to be a new person literate and educated in many things. I have become a skillful woman who is able to change the rest of her life.” 

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Feb 17, 2019

Health Program has Busy Year

AIL has 4 fixed clinics, 2 at an orphanage and 1 at a street children facility. In addition, AIL conducts medical clinics at 4 of its Learning Centers and supports 14 Community Health Worker posts in the Herat area. Health education is as important as the health treatment provided by these clinics. We are proud to say that in 2018 AIL provided 246,152 patient treatments and 177,406 attended some form of health education.

I am a midwife in Jaghartan clinic AIL. I was in my room when I woman was referred to me and asked me about family planning. I asked about her history and found out that she has 8 children and she is tired of getting pregnant. Additionally, she had tried some methods of prevention but they failed. Then I prescribed her I.U.D method. Fortunately this methods was so successful for the woman. Recently she came along with her husband to the clinic to thank me." 

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Feb 17, 2019

Teachers make the Difference in Education

At the start of this new year we reflect on what has been achieved in 2018 and how this has changed lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give people the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and increase their capacity.

In 2018, 28,121 students (19,095 female, 9,026 male) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are popular, also English, computers, math, weaving. There are some centers that are specialist such as 3 that are preschool only and 1 that is boys computing, 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in Kabul.

Teachers are a vital part of the success of the AIL education program. AIL provides a high quality teacher training education in modern, interactive, student centered teaching methodologies. Since 1996, 28,000 teachers have been trained in interactive teaching techniques over 9 million Afghan students have benefitted teachers who used the training they received from AIL in their careers. In 2018, 500 teachers received AIL training.

Zarimah says, “I teach in the boys section of a school. My problems with teaching include lack of experience and information. As I started teaching after twelfth grade I didn’t know about education psychology and therefore didn’t behave well in classrooms.  I realized my weakness but did not know how to fix it. Now I know that I should work to understand my students and their problems. I should get my students to trust me and to accept me an honest person they can look up to.” 

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