Tailoring and sewing skills are a lifeline for women giving them the opportunity to earn some money and contribute to the family income. Some women and girls are able to accelerate their learning of this craft and so follow the fast-track route. Literacy is another fast-track course which again is a life-changing skill and more able students are able to progress at their own rate.
Most of AIL’s Learning Centers offer sewing including, our newly opened center at Zamanian in the Herat area. This center is focused on 5 areas: Languages, Sciences, Computing, Arts and Skills such as sewing. This shows that centers cater to a wide range of student needs from academic to income-generating skills and basic education such as reading and writing along with accelerated learning options in fast-track study.
Mastering sewing skills gives women confidence in their abilities, purpose, respect within the family and community and raises their self-esteem.
Here is Hafiza’s story, “I live near Kabul. When I first came to the center I knew nothing about sewing. I was not sure I could learn how to sew. The teacher and my family encouraged me and I worked hard at it. Now I am able to sew any kind of clothing and I am also able to teach other women how to this craft. I have my own tailoring shop in my community. I sew clothes, teach women and earn money from this for the family.”
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