Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning Vetted since 2013 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month


Provide literacy and other fast track education to thousands of women and girls who were deprived of learning and are now eager to become literate and learn skills at an accelerated pace to catch up.

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After decades of strife, most Afghan women and girls are illiterate. AIL ran underground schools during the Taliban regime and now offers classes for women and girls through Learning Centers (LCs). LCs offer culturally sensitive education, at safe locations in their villages.


LCs give women and older girls a chance to catch up on years of missed schooling by studying for grade certificates on a fast track basis. Many LC students finish multiple grade levels within one year. The LCs also give women and girls an opportunity to learn skills such as tailoring and embroidery on a fast track basis so that they use these skills to support themselves and their families. Once literate, women request classes in English, computer, drawing and painting.

Long-Term Impact

Thousands of women and girls will become literate. Many will choose to further their education on a fast track basis and some will mainstream into government schools at age-appropriate grade levels. Understanding the value of education, women will encourage and support their daughters to study. As their minds open, women begin to understand how they can be leaders, contribute and bring positive change in their community.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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