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

The teacher training seminars run over 10 days and are comprehensive in  approach catering to all levels, including those who have had no formal training at all. Many teachers enter the job with only a 12th grade education. Dr. Yacoobi believed peace, critical thinking, a compassionate and just society and improved humanity can only be achieved when there is quality education provided for all from the earliest of ages. She started helping Afghans in the refugee camps in Pakistan in the 1990s, and one of the things she put in place from the start was training teachers.

The training gives teachers knowledge and skills so they can run modern, interactive, student-centered classrooms whether teacher and student are in partnership and actively engaged in the learning process. Afghanistan needs its youth to grow up asconfident, independent, critical thinkers with problem solving skills, who are good team players, listeners, advocates for equality, justice and fairness.Quality teachers are key to helping youth reach their potential.

Here are Khadijah’s comments, “I taught at a high school but in one year the school changed my subject five times because the students did not like my teaching style and did not learn anything. I was facing termination or transfer of my contract. Someone suggested that I attend an AIL seminar to improve my teaching. I learned a lot over the 10 days of the seminar including how to manage a classroom, modern teaching methods, creating monthly/yearly plans. Now I have become one of the best teachers in the school and my students are happy!” 

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In 2021, AIL was able to train 100 teachers in modern teaching techniques. This sort of teacher training is in great demand in the country as many teachers have little or no formal training. Many teachers follow the traditional rote memorization methods, which is how they themselves were taught at school.

AIL’s teacher training program provides teachers with the knowledge of modern, interactive, student-centered teaching methods including question and answer, group work, role playing and presentations. This type of teaching produces students who are independent, critical thinkers with problem solving skills and they are used to working in groups, listening to others’ opinions and confident in presenting their ideas to others.

As the spring weather arrives, AIL started its teacher training seminars in March reaching 212 teachers with four seminars held in Mazar e Sharif, Balkh Province. Two seminars were teacher training for 60 men and 60 women and two literacy seminars were held for 92 female teachers.   

The 2021 Sakena Fund annual report is attached and we hope you find it interesting.

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The Afghan administration has instituted significant changes in the education system in Afghanistan. Local enforcement of new rules and procedures can vary and our staff are alert to what is required both nationally and locally.  One major change is the strict segregation of female and male, with students only taught by same gender teachers and no mixing in hallways, doorways or during recess and lunchtimes.

These changes mean we are shifting our teacher training program focus to training as many female teachers as we can to help bridge the gap in male vs female teacher numbers.  As previously reported, our teacher training program was restricted by Covid in 2021 and we were not able to train as many new teachers as we had hoped.

We now have in place a plan for 2022 that includes, 8 teacher training seminars which are 10 days long and will have 35 participants each. There will also be 16 mini teacher training workshops, which last a few hours and have 50 participants each.

In over 25 years of working in Afghanistan, AIL has always proved its ability to adapt to changing circumstances and to refocus its work as needed. These times are no different. We continue to do everything we can to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan.

AIL Outreach 2021: 23,905 students, 18,132 PPE distributed, 6 health clinics, 50-bed Covid-19 hospital, 95,593 patient treatments, 59,888 health education, 13,050 food aid families served, 22 radio broadcasts daily, 8 hours of TV programs, 12 provinces reached. 

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Recent Developments in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been stunned by recent developments and people are adapting as best they can, to a new situation which remains both unclear and uncertain as to the future.  AIL’s current priority is to provide urgently needed assistance to the thousands of displaced families who have flooded into Kabul and Herat. Some centers provide a staging point for aid. Our staff are all working, though offices currently are men only with women working from home. The centers are all female and await instructions from the Taliban with regard to procedures required for reopening centers to our students. Our clinics have expanded their capacity to cope with the large numbers of refugees that are in the area.

The Yacoobi private schools are open and operating under the rules that have been given such as dividing male and female. It is exam season and students are studying hard and sitting their exams as usual. It is a great credit to them and their teachers as everyone has heightened levels of fear, stress and anxiety. The private TV and Radio Meraj are not broadcasting but awaiting instructions in how to recommence and staff are creating content and archiving materials for broadcast at a later date.

We have been touched by the outreach of support and outpouring of donations to help the Afghan people. We thank you for standing by Afghanistan as it faces another humanitarian crisis on top of Covid-19 and drought. 

Teacher Training in 2021

Quality teachers are vital to creating a sustainable and effective education system which produces young people who are educated and able to cope in the modern world. AIL has a comprehensive teacher training program and continuing education classes for its trained teachers. Unfortunately, Covid-19 prevented some workshops from taking place but as facilities have opened up we have been able to hold teaching technique seminars for 153 people (122 female). Another 77 teachers (39 female) have attended mini workshops on a diverse range of subjects including, parent behavior, protection from Covid-19, behaving in society and advanced teaching methods. 

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AIL provides training in  human rights, women’s rights, leadership, peace, democracy, good citizenship and other capacity building topics.  

Teachers learn leadership skills in the methodology seminars and when they attend workshops on other topics. So far in 2021, 122 teachers have attended teacher training.  Leadership topics include a good leader, management, listening skills, self- confidence, and public speaking, building good relationships, politics, democracy and peace.  In the centers, leadership concepts are taught by teachers who have taken the AIL leadership workshops.

Part of a good teacher’s skill base is that of a good leader, being able to motivate students, to lead by example and be a good role model for youth to look up to. Teachers are integral in the quality of education that students receive. AIL ensures that teachers are well equipped to lead their students and motivate them through their student-centered, interactive teaching methods. With the current threats rising in Afghanistan, it is important to ensure the ability for teachers to gain consistent training but also continue to teach students in a safe environment.

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Covid-19: AIL continues with its relief efforts providing food aid, PPE and running a Covid-19 hospital. All health clinics are operating and Learning Centers and schools are holding classes. Radio Meraj continues to broadcast the latest Covid-19 information.

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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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