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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

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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.

Thank you. 

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.

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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 works to promote literacy by providing classes at its Learning Centers in Herat and Kabul. Some literacy classes are fast track, including the mobile literacy classes. AIL also publishes a magazine and whenever possible books which help teachers and students of the fast track classes. Recently books were published by AIL including:

Mobile Literacy Messages: a book supporting the fast track literacy class that uses texting to teach the alphabet and up to grade 4 literacy in 4 months. Mobile literacy classes take place at Herat centers and are for illiterate women.

Leadership Skills: supporting leadership development at centers, in workshops and the youth 2 year leadership course at the private Yacoobi High School. Students at the centers want to know how to advocate for themselves, speak in public and engage more fully in their communities.

Teacher Training: helping teachers improve their teaching skills at workshops and in staff meetings at centers. Some teachers who study with AIL go on to become teachers at AIL Learning Centers.

Healthcare Messages: for AIL clinics, fast track mobile literacy classes and the ZMQ mobile app pregnancy monitoring program which AIL was a part of.

Peace Education: the most recent book published. Peace education is promoted at centers, preschools and in workshops.

Thank you for your support for our work.

The year end newsletter for CHI is attached.

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


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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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Afghan Institute of Learning

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

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