Training effective Afghan Teachers

by Afghan Institute of Learning
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Dear Friends,

Providing quality teaching is at the core of AIL’s education philosophy. You cannot have  good education systems preparing students for today’s world, without highly trained teachers who foster critical thinking skills in their students and use modern teaching methods.

In the first six months of 2016, AIL trained 398 teachers (234 female).  Teachers who attend AIL seminars learn about how to teach, how to structure time and deal with discipline. They also learn about psychology and how to encourage student participation and self- confidence. Students are taught to think for themselves, use logic and reasoning to analyze problems and express their opinions. Here is a story from one teacher:

Afsana is one of the teachers who participated at this seminar. She said, "I am 23 years old, and it is my second year of teaching. I remember that last year when I was teaching, as much I tried to finish the teaching book by the end of year to my students, I could not do it. Finally the education year finished, I couldn't teach my students many of the issues that were very important because of a lack of time. I was sad about the problem and didn't know what to do. Fortunately this problem was solved at this seminar. All the seminar subjects were learnable for me, and I learned the skill of making lesson plans. This helps us know how much to teach each day and using that scale determine all the issues we want to cover in a year. I have learned now that I should make an annual plan at the beginning of the year to cover all topics and teach each day according to that plan."     

Thank you for helping a teacher in Afghanistan!

Dear Friends, 

TODAY June 15TH -9:00am ET TO 11:59pm! 50% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on GlobalGiving.org! Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds available. The money runs out fast- so donate now!

Are you a UK donor? GlobalGiving.co.uk has its own bonus day. Donations up to £1,000 per donor per organization may be matched 50% while funds last. Match starts 14:00:01 BST on June 15th and ends at 4:59:59 BST on June 16th.  

AIL conducts trainings during the year including teacher training. So far in 2016, 398 teachers (234 female and 164 male) have undergone training in modern methods of teaching. 701 people (341 female and 360 male including some teachers) have been to trainings on other subjects such as leadership, health, violence, tax, administration, IT and computers.

Shakila,one of the teacher training seminar participants said, "This was of the best seminars that I have ever been to. I have really learned about important issues from this seminar. It's  several years that I have been a teacher, and I didn't know the things that I learned about today. I am sure that there will be changes in my method of teaching from now on."

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat. All teachers are AIL trained  and the students benefit from the modern teaching methods that they use.   A diverse range of subjects are offered (though not at all centers) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing, miniature painting, computers and physics. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education. 

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education.

Dear Friends, 

AIL’s Teacher Training Program provides quality, in-depth education to Afghan teachers and is changing the way people, both teachers and students, think and interact. 

Often the greatest impact of AIL-trained teachers is felt in rural, insecure areas where the quality of  teachers is low or schools are non-existent.  Critical thinking is one of the most important skills that AIL emphasizes across all educational curriculums.  Teachers are encouraged to use more creative methods to convey new material rather than requiring rote memorization.  Once students can think critically, their ability to independently problem solve increases and has positive benefits in their lives.  

AIL’s Teacher Training Program has been so successful that it has been widely adopted by the government in communities across Afghanistan.  In addition to teaching related training, teachers attend supplemental workshops on topics such as health, women’s rights, leadership, democracy and peace. 

One of the teachers who participated in an April training said: “I thank AIL for all the opportunities for the growth and development of youth and training to improve our teaching capacity and to be useful persons in society.  I participated in this training seminar and vowed to use everything that I learned in my classroom.” 

Narges, another teacher said, “I took part in this seminar as a new teacher and now I understand that teaching is not an easy task.  A teacher should be knowledgeable and learn more every day.  This seminar gave me motivation to become a skilled teacher and to be an effective teacher for my students.  Because teaching is a holy job, it cannot be done carelessly.” 

Thank you for your support for Afghan teachers.

Dear Friends, 

Matching funds are available for donations made to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning projects on Global Giving. 

TODAY ONLY 9am ET to midnight March 16th! Donate anytime within these hours, up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization.

Here are links to our projects on Global Giving: CHI projects and AIL projects.

All donations are final.  The match is pro-rated so we will know the percentage of match at the end of the day, but everyone gets some matching funds from a pot of $75,000.

Special Alert!!  Two of our projects are eligible for 2 different matching funds  TODAY! 

Donations to these two projects get a 50% match under the Safer World Fund AND a  match on this March 16th Bonus Day!!  Check the SWF leaderboard! SWF allows matching by unique donors up to $1,500 per donor per project with project max of $15,000 in matching. 

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

AIL has started the year 2016 with a full roster of education classes in many subjects as diverse as, literacy, English, carpet weaving, computers and physics. In the month of January, there were 9,682 students (6,132 female) in classes at 42 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and 1 LC in Pakistan.  The health program has provided 19,226           patients with treatment and given health education to 11,854 people. Here is a story:

“My name is Somayeah and my twin sister is Masomah. We live in a poor family and we are both interested in learning, but we always missed the chance to study because people were laughing at us. Fortunately AIL’s teachers promoted self-confidence and self-esteem in us with great advice. Now we are happy and no longer ashamed. Our minds changed since attending AIL’s literacy and sewing classes. We also found out about the dignity of women in the community and we are proud to be twins. We also made very good educational decisions about our future.” 

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare, emergency relief and legal aid to poor Afghans. 

Thank you.

Dear Friends,

In 2015, AIL trained over 744  teachers, 541 of them female. The teachers attended seminars which educated them about the latest teaching techniques but also about understanding their students on a personal level. The courses also address teachers’ concerns about their own capacity and underlines how their work makes a profound difference beyond an individual student’s life.

Zarmina, a workshop participant said, “I have always been thinking about how I could be someone helping and serving my community. I thought that while I am a teacher, I can’t do that. But this ten day seminar has changed my idea and taught me that the best way of serving people is through this teaching job as it is especially useful to reach students and help them grow.. I decided to be a useful person in the society through teaching and this seminar taught me a lot about psychological issues for the teacher and the students which will help a lot.”

Please read the attached CHI 2015 Newsletter featuring AIL for information on activities last year. 

Thank you for continuing to support our efforts to train teachers in Afghanistan!


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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