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Training Effective Afghan Teachers

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers

AIL is in the middle of a 5 year program providing teacher training for the government. So far this year, 148 people have had teacher methodology training in seminars in Herat and 429 in Kabul, this includes 287 women. Another 19 teachers have attended workshops and 188 mini workshops. Seminars are 10 days long, workshops a few days and minis are a few hours long.

Here is a story: “I am Morsal, a teacher at a high school in Panjshir Province. I enjoyed the Methodology Seminar which was held by AIL at the Teacher Training Institute. I learned a lot about new teaching methods and how to understand students so I can help them.  I learned about setting teaching objectives, making lesson plans, kinds of teaching methods and materials.  I hope by using from this information in my classroom to be able to bring about great changes in my students’ lives. “ 

Thank you for your interest in improving teaching standards in Afghanistan.


SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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The Kabul office has been very busy. In May, they organized two Methodology Seminars for 80 teachers and two Reproductive Health Workshops for 79 women. All workshops were held in Panjshir Province.

The teacher training seminars were 10 days long. The teachers were mostly new hires who had never attended a teacher training event and were from secondary and high schools. Topics included: lesson plans, teaching methods, exams, grading, psychology, practicalities. The teachers used modern methods in the seminar such as group work, question and answer, games, role playing and research tasks. The teachers started out not even knowing how to make a lesson plan or set teaching objectives.

“I am Noorullah, teacher in a primary school. I graduated from the Teacher Training Institute and have taught Dari for two years.  I always wanted to be a teacher, but standing in front of the class for the first time I realized it is a hard job. I had many discipline problems in my classes. The classes were noisy and my colleagues insulted me. I started to hate the job and thought of leaving. The school principal suggested the seminar run by AIL. I learned a lot such as, how to keep control, relationships with the students and modern methods. Now I don’t need to leave the job and I can be a successful teacher.”

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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.”

Quality teacher training has been at the heart of AIL’s education program since the beginning. In 2018, 766 teachers (436 female) received training. AIL provides  high quality teacher training education in modern, interactive, student centered teaching methodologies. In the past year, 396 teachers benefited from this teaching training. Other teachers attended various workshops and conferences and learned about a variety of subjects including, leadership, good governance, good citizenship, reproductive health and violence against women. They share this information with their students enriching their understanding and capacity. 

"My name is Moshtari. I graduated from the English Department of the Education University. I used to teach English to the female classes in the high school. Last year, the principal of my school asked me to teach grade one of the male primary level. I had no idea of how difficult it would be. I applied the methods I used in the high school but I did not achieve the desired results as I could not control the class well. They did not concentrate on the lesson and were noisy.  I started to hate my class because I felt that the students did not like me that is why they did not learn my lessons.

Fortunately, I got the chance to participate this seminar. First I thought that this seminar would be the same of other seminars but found out I was wrong. The facilitator explained psychology and how this topic related to our class situation.Each each age group of students has its own characteristics and features and their own needs. We should teach according to the age group to help them improve. The facilitator mentioned psychological books for the primary level. I downloaded two of them and started to learn about the physical and mental characteristics of my children.

Now I am waiting eagerly to restart my teaching after off days. I feel strongly that I can bring positive changes as I know my students better than before. I am able to make my students interested in class by applying games and group work.”


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!”

At the start of this new year we reflect on what has been achieved in 2018 and how this has changed lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give people 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, 9,026 male) 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. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in Kabul.

Teachers are a vital part of the success of the AIL education program. AIL provides a high quality teacher training education in modern, interactive, student centered teaching methodologies. Since 1996, 28,000 teachers have been trained in interactive teaching techniques over 9 million Afghan students have benefitted teachers who used the training they received from AIL in their careers. In 2018, 500 teachers received AIL training.

Zarimah says, “I teach in the boys section of a school. My problems with teaching include lack of experience and information. As I started teaching after twelfth grade I didn’t know about education psychology and therefore didn’t behave well in classrooms.  I realized my weakness but did not know how to fix it. Now I know that I should work to understand my students and their problems. I should get my students to trust me and to accept me an honest person they can look up to.” 

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AIL is putting on 10-day seminars training teachers in modern teaching methodologies. They have held 10 seminars so far in 2018 for 396 teachers, 174 female.

The teachers say they learn a great deal in the seminars and go on to see positive results in the classroom after applying the new techniques. 

“I graduated from the Education University three years ago. Since then, I have started teaching in private schools. I usually teach math.  I apply all the methods that I have learned in college in my class but surprisingly, I have not achieved the desired results. My students were not successful in math and I felt I was a failure. I wondered what method I should choose in order to promote my students. I was about to lose my job. Although I am adept in my subject, I used to teach roughly. The students did not take part in the class. I lectured in my class as I thought I explained things better than the students do.

Fortunately I got the chance to participate in this AIL methodology seminar. At first I thought that this workshop would be the same as those of other NGOs.  I found out I was wrong. The facilitator established a warm and friendly environment among the participants. We interchanged and shared our problems and ideas freely with each other. During these ten days, I figured out the fault in my teaching methods.Since the seminar I have applied what I learned each day in my class.  I saw positive changes in my students. I made my students interested in the subject by applying group work, question and answer and taking quizzes. I really appreciate AIL,for providing this opportunity for us to participate in this useful workshop.”

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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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