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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, many of whom are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who were deprived of learning and are now eager to become literate and learn skills at an accelerated pace to catch up with their peers.

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After decades of strife, most Afghan women and girls are illiterate. AIL offers culturally sensitive education for females in local Learning Centers (LCs). 90% of the students of the Fast Track classes are IDPs from within Afghanistan or who have returned from living as refugees in Pakistan, Iran or Tajikistan or Turkmenistan. The IDPs from within the country, have moved to Kabul, Herat or Balkh provinces to escape fighting and insecurity in their rural home areas.


LC classes 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 go on to request classes in English, computer, drawing and painting.

Long-Term Impact

1,000s of women and girls will become literate and gain other education. The lives of female IDPs will improve as they gain more opportunity for a better life. Many students 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 support their daughters' education. As their minds open, women understand they can be leaders and contribute positively to society.

Additional Documentation

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


Afghan Institute of Learning Website
Wonderful Video about AIL and Life in Afghanistan
AIL and Yacoobi High School Students
AIL overview

Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States
* Donations to this project are eligible for a 50% match
through the Safer World Fund Matching Campaign 2018 while funds remain. Terms and conditions apply.

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