Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls

One of the popular classes at centers is computing. Students kept up with their studies both in the classroom and at home during the year. In one month, there were 1,432 computer students across the 48 centers in 8 provinces including Kabul and Herat.  Computing and English are important as they provide the opportunity for employment.

Tailoring is another income generating skills and in one month there were 1,987 students studying this course. Women go on to make clothes for their families and start small businesses sewing for others, some also become sewing teachers.

“My name is Nafisa. I am 29-years-old and have 3 children and unfortunately, my husband died in an accident. After this we suffered so many economic and social problems. In that situation I could not fulfill the basic need of food for my children. During quarantine days I was able to use my sewing skills and earn some money from my customers to provide for my children. It made all the difference!” 

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AIL has risen to the challenge of Covid-19 and kept its programs running during the pandemic. Education was provided online and through education packs delivered to students.

Dr. Yacoobi said, “ I am so proud of my staff who have kept AIL running through the pandemic with adapted programs AND produced PPE for ministries and hospitals- 14,000 face shields, 13,000 masks, 400 other items AND opened a 50 bed Covid-19 hospital AND provided food aid and counseling AND provided covid information through Radio Meraj!”

 We are glad to say that centers and schools are now open under strict social distancing and sanitation rules. Students are delighted to be back especially the children who missed their friends, teachers and the structure of classroom life.

In August, one of our Herat centers reported these activities: made 400 masks and 13 sets of PPE clothing, map of Afghanistan sewn onto a carpet, prepared Covid-19 awareness clips, planted plants for inside the center and the carpet weaving class completed projects and started new ones.

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Covid-19 has created a great many difficulties in Afghanistan, especially because it is a poor country and has fragile health and education systems. AIL has had to close its Learning Centers but staff worked hard to adapt its education program to online, distance learning. Students have been provided with education packs and have access to a teacher by email, a hotline and in person if necessary.

It is vital that students continue their learning and do not lose heart.  “It takes time and patience to gain acceptance for girls’ education, especially in rural areas. I am concerned that we do not lose the ground we have gained,” says Dr. Yacoobi.

Quarantine has increased the sense of isolation that many women feel and is pushing girls into more household chores and we fear families will not look to return their girls to class and there will be a consequential rise in child marriage. The stress of the health and economic situation is causing a rise in family disputes and violence against women.  The education packs give girls a focus and a hope that they will return to school or an AIL center for classes in the near future.

AIL has been able to repurpose its tailoring classrooms at many sites, to the production of personal protective equipment. Teachers and tailoring course graduates are producing gowns and masks while other staff are joining in and helping to make face shields. These items are being used in AIL health clinics and being donated to the government for use in other cities.

Your support is vital in helping us maintain our distance learning program. 

AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Many of our Learning Centers offer tailoring classes. These are one of the most popular classes and often the first class that an illiterate girl or woman choses to take. The women learn how to produce professional quality clothing for their families and they can start a home business with this skill.  They end the course proficient in all types of sewing and are able to make shirts, skirts, dresses, trousers, coverings, hijabs and household cloth items.

The centers are currently closed but as part of AIL’s coronavirus response, many of these sewing classrooms have been turned over to the production of personal protective equipment with many thousands of gowns and face masks being produced. Tailoring course graduates have returned to the centers to use their skills to assist in this effort. AIL staff are also producing face shields in large numbers. This health equipment is being used in AIL health clinics and some is being donated to the Ministry of Health for distribution to clinics and hospitals in several cities.

Your support for AIL’s education program has produced fine seamstresses who are now helping AIL and Afghanistan deal with this health crisis situation.

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AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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AIL’s program plans for this year include continuing to:

  • provide essential education to females, many on a fast track basis.  AIL plans to hold 12 fast track mobile literacy classes for at least 360 female students. Topics to be discussed via texting include life skills, health care, mutual respect, universal values and culture,
  • hold tailoring, computing, English and literacy classes in over 40 Learning Centers.
  • run a Women’s Empowerment Program for the third year. This year 91 highly educated and professional women are participating in the program. Throughout the year they will be discussing various topics such as culture, speaking skills, laws that prohibit the harassment of women, women entrepreneurship, how to be a leader and mutual support.

Thank you for your interest in our work. 

AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
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Dearborn, Michigan United States
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