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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 our most effective fast track classes is the innovative 4 month long Mobile Literacy Class. These classes were started in 2013 and are complimentary to the regular literacy classes.

The students are given mobile phones and taught how to use them. The teacher sets questions which students answer by text message either individually or by group work. Remarkably most students progress from not knowing the alphabet or at most reading at 1st grade level to reading at 4th grade level by the end of the course!

Texting is used as a means to accelerate literacy acquisition but also to engage women in discourse and create social bonds between classmates and friends reducing isolation. All students love this format and text much more than required by the syllabus.

"I am Satayesh and I am 23 years old. I really am so happy to have this rare opportunity to be part of a class like this. The class is good as it makes us focus more on learning new technology, how better to use a mobile phone, messaging and making emergency calls. Through the class I have made new friends who I share my problems with and we find solutions together. I am motivated to participate in regular school after this class because I found out how important knowledge is.”

There were 10 classes running for 350 women in Herat city area through 31 August. 86% of this women reached Grade 4 literacy and 14% are at Grade 3. A great result!

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Empowering women is at the core of all of AIL’s work. The centers provide the opportunity for education in academic subjects such as literacy and income generating skills like sewing. FastTrack program provides women and girls to progress as fast or as slow as they are able to.  Each woman and girl who comes to class also learns about health, democracy, leadership and how to advocate for herself. AIL runs Leadership Workshops for women.

We wanted to tell you about another program Dr. Yacoobi started, the Women’s Empowerment Group. In 2018, 80 highly educated women aged 25 to 50 were invited to attend this program. The aim was to help them become better leaders, learn collaboration and cooperation and mutual support skills. The group discussed many topics in meetings and via the Telegram system. Topics included: good governance, culture, education for women, the environment, democracy, trust, honesty, responsibility and cooperation. After a year of working together almost all the women felt empowered to take on a greater leadership role and most stood for elected positions. They have learned the importance of supporting each other and after elections they rallied behind the winners.

These women advocate for all women, especially the disadvantaged, from a position of influence and elected credibility. They are also role models, especially for girls. The women are life-long members of the group and continue to meet and support each other

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Recently, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School, Herat won an International School Award from the British Council. The awards go to schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing global citizens by embedding internationalism throughout the ethos and curriculum of the school. The Director of the British Council, Afghanistan said: “This globally recognized accreditation helps enrich learning & improve teaching by guiding international learning activities, from introducing international education into the curriculum to embedding it within school culture.”

We are providing education to a growing number of women and girls of all ages and backgrounds. In the first two months of the year, we brought education to over 9,236 girls in subjects such as literacy, English, Arabic, and computers. We have also provided these women and girls with ample opportunities to gain skills in sewing, tailoring, carpet and silk weaving, macramé, and painting. All of these skills open doors to careers and other opportunities to make an income.

In addition, our Fast-Track program has opened doors to women and girls by providing them with flexible schedules to learn the basics as fast or as slow as they are able to. We wish to thank you all for your generosity and compassion in making these hopeful changes possible!

Habiba said, “I was born in Ali Khail village to a farming family.  The first three children of my family were girls and the next three were boys. I am the oldest girl. I could not go to school and learn knowledge because in my village there is no school or place for education. My sister and I worked with our father on the farm. We earned a little money for life necessities.In the end the bad situation of life and future education of my brothers compelled us to leave our birthplace and move to Mazar e Sharif city. My brothers can now attend school and get an education. I am happy for them.  Knowledge can stop a person falling into poverty. We have spent four years in Mazar e Sharif but I cannot go to school.A few months ago, I enrolled in a literacy class at the AIL center and after two months I am able to read and write! I would love to go to school if I can, that is my hope.” 

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Dr. Yacoobi joined with high level national and international delegates in the "Seville Commitment" - Supporting Localization Efforts for #SDGs.  She said, “AIL has provided SDG services to the most marginalized and disadvantaged for 25 yrs. In my talk I emphasized it is essential to work with local governments and provide resources to local NGOs who are doing good work. Replicate excellent SDG focused programs so No One is Left Behind!”


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

At the start of this new year we reflect on what we have done in 2018 and how this has changed 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. Centers often offer fast track classes in subjects to help those who are able to progress more quickly. This helps women who have time constraints also. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in the Kabul area.

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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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AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) offer a variety of classes. One of the most popular classes offered is tailoring because women need a means to reduce household expenses and to earn money.  So far in 2018, 2,108 females have studied tailoring in Herat LCs and 851 in LCs in Kabul and other provinces.

Halima is a graduate of the sewing class. "I am a young girl. My family are very poor. My father is the only one earning money for the family. But now with my sewing skills I can make clothes for our family. I can also earn money sewing for other people. I can help my father with household expenses. My life has come out of darkness because of AIL and the sewing class.”

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States
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