Training effective Afghan Teachers

by Afghan Institute of Learning

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Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

Dear Friends,

AIL has trained 540 teachers so far in 2015, including 405 females. What is different? These teachers now know how to engage the students in interactive learning, how to foster critical thinking and to develop students who are curious and have confidence in their ability to figure out solutions to problems – that is what’s different!

This sort of mindset change is what will make a changed Afghanistan possible. Young people growing to adulthood with capacity and self- belief and who first seek to fix problems rather than look for someone else to do it for them. The lessons we learn in the classroom go with us in life and help form who we are and how we function in society.

The teachers themselves need some of this learning too, so the teacher training seminars also include, how to manage a classroom, what to do about discipline, how to project your voice and other capacity building lessons.

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

Dear Friends,

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Thank you  for your kind support of our efforts to train Afghan teachers! In Afghanistan, many teachers  follow the traditional method of teaching relying on rote memorization as the main way to teach their students. The teacher will repeatedly tell students that 2 + 2 = 4 until the students have memorized this fact, but they will not understand why 2 + 2 = 4, or that 1 + 3 = 4 as well. Students are expected to sit in classes and listen to teachers lecture. Teachers do not ask questions, and students are not encouraged to think critically for themselves.

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) wants teachers to do more than lecture, and students should do more than memorize. In order to move Afghanistan towards a culture of peace and harmony, AIL believes that people must be taught to think critically and independently, which is why it trains teachers to encourage discussion and ask questions of their students. To date, AIL has been able to train 486 teachers in 2015, 387 of whom are women.

The teachers have participated in trainings developed just for teachers, and in subject specific workshops with other members of the public. These other workshops are taught using the techniques that AIL uses to train its teachers, and it gives teachers the opportunity to see these techniques in action, and then to take them back to their classrooms, along with the lessons they’ve learned.

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

An AIL Teacher Working With Students
An AIL Teacher Working With Students
Dear Friends, 
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.


A Teacher Trained by AIL in Front of Her Class
A Teacher Trained by AIL in Front of Her Class

Dear Friends,

 Thank you so much for your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s teacher training program.

Much like teachers all over the world, Afghan teachers often enter the classroom with a good understanding of their subject area, but struggle when planning lessons, developing assessments and with classroom management. AIL offers these teachers the chance to take part in detailed teacher training workshops that help teachers develop the skills they need in order to be the best teachers they can be.

In late February, one of the AIL offices held a technique seminar for 45 teachers. The seminar covered topics including both long and short term planning, introduction to psychology, developing assessments, classroom management, teaching techniques, and leadership. One veteran teacher said,  “I am a teacher at a Learning Center, and I have never used a teaching plan or other related things. I thought that I was teaching in a good way because my math was excellent, but here I learned that there are more effective methods of teaching the class. I have never participated in any methodology seminars before, and I have learned so many things like daily, weekly, and monthly planning, as well as many other issues. I am planning to implement all that I have learned in my classes from now on. I will now plan to have clear teaching plans using all that I learned here.”

Another teacher said, “I had always thought that I should be helping someone, or serving my community and thought that because I am a teacher I couldn’t do that. This seminar changed my idea and taught me that teaching is one of the best ways to serve people, especially when you are a good teacher who respects the students. I have decided to be a very useful person in society though my teaching job. The issues that I learned here are going to help me be such a better teacher.”

So far, in 2015, you have helped AIL educate 272 teachers (232 women) in workshops ranging from short hour long meetings on one specific topic, to technique seminars like the one described above. We estimate that these 272 teachers have impacted the lives of over 8,000 students so far this year!  Thank you for seeing the value in AIL’s teacher training program, and for your generous support. 

A teacher trained by AIL working with a student
A teacher trained by AIL working with a student

Dear Friend,

A Special Day – Today!  Matching Funds Available!

Today we have a great opportunity which we would like your help with. There are matching funds available for ALL donations made to this project today. This is a guaranteed bonus!

Starting at 9am EDT on May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching donations on our project! Any online donation up to $1,000 made today will go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am EDT and midnight to have your donation partially matched by GlobalGiving –guaranteed! Just click here and support our program on May 13th.

The percentage of the match will be determined at midnight; the more given today the greater our bonus!

Your support will help us continue providing high quality training to Afghan teachers!

Please help by donating  to our project today, May 13th. Thank you.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

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

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