Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

AIL’s main purpose has been to empower women and girls in Afghanistan but the programs have always included boys and men. In February, there were 1,632 males in classes at the 21 Learning Centers in the Herat area. The most popular classes for boys are literacy, English, preschool and math.

AIL has other programs for boys including  the special two  year-long Leadership Class at the private Yacoobi High Schools which has 25 male students. In addition, the AIL Youth Club which has 105 members all at university, is made up of males and females. The youth club provides opportunities for these young men to discuss and learn about current issues and difficulties in society and how to apply democratic values, reasoning, good citizenship and advocacy as how to be creative thinkers. In February, the club learned about public speaking, team work and being a team player. There was much interest in attending an advanced computer class.

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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.

The new requirements have meant that many of our Learning Centers can no longer provide classes for men and boys.  Fortunately, our boys-only Street Children facility is still running and is a vital resource for these youth who have no one else to care for them. This center offers classes in literacy, computing, English, Arabic and painting.  Unfortunately, in the year 5 of our centers have closed including, the Kabul computer center which had predominantly boys in the classes.  Despite the difficulties, two new LCs opened in the year and we continue to work to open others or reopen ones that have had to suspend operations.

Update on health clinics:  Our clinics are stretched to capacity and beyond with thousands of displaced people adding to the usual patient numbers. There is a shortage of medicines and of the Covid vaccine.  We have hundreds of people camping outside our facilities but we lack enough food, vitamins, Ensure, Pedialyte to help everyone who needs it. We desperately need funding, food supplements, clean water, hygiene supplies and Covid vaccines.  We plan to open two new health clinics in 2022 to help address the need.

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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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 schools are fully functioning. We are still able to provide the service of education to boys, but without access to the learning centers, we have been forced to cancel the educational classes for men. We feel very lucky that our boys only Street Children facility is still running. These young men have no one else to care for them, and in the coming weeks and years, directing their energy into education will help our country and them far more than closing the facility.

Though AIL’s focus has been on women and girls we have always provided both education and healthcare to boys and men. In the first half of 2021, the Learning Centers reached 15,310 people including 5,392 males. Boys and men who have missed out on learning come to the centers to catch up and to gain new skills such as computing and English.  AIL also runs a boys-only Street Children facility which educates and cares for boys who otherwise would have no educational resources. This center offers classes in literacy, computing, English, Arabic and painting.

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

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AIL has the goal to develop the next generation of young leaders both male and female. Boys are encouraged to develop leadership and social skills from an early age. AIL provides training in  human rights, women’s rights, leadership, peace, democracy, good citizenship and other capacity building topics.

AIL’s leadership training takes place in two ways.  AIL holds in-depth leadership workshops and also integrates the teaching of leadership into every workshop and every class at AIL centers. So far in 2021, 122 people have attended leadership workshops.  AIL also supports a special 2 year leadership course for 30 students (15 boys) at the Yacoobi high schools.

Boys gain leadership skills through classes at Learning Centers including the boys only MBK computer center and the street children facility.

Leadership workshops include topics such as what makes a good leader, management, listening skills, self- confidence, 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. AIL’s Leadership training seeks to help boys and girls understand that anyone can be a leader and to enhance the participants’ ability to take a variety of leadership roles in their lives and community stressing the democratic core values of liberty- personal, political, economic freedom, common good, justice and equality. 

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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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In 2020, AIL’s 48 Learning Centers provided classes to 26,774 students including 8,799 men and boys.  AIL has two sites which are male only including a boys orphanage, a street children center and sometimes a specialist computer center in Kabul has only boys.

“My name is Sahar and I am 14 years old. I am a computer student and really like the class and my teacher is very good.  They worked hard for us during lockdown. I have learned a lot and use many different software applications and search with browsers to solve problems myself.”

In 2020, there were on average 108 boys at the street children facility and 68 boys at the orphanage. The orphanage provides classes which supplements the boys’ school work. The classes include, Arabic, literacy and English. Boys come to the orphanage who have no parents or only one parent who is unable to care for them. In addition to the classes, the boys are taught gardening as an income generating skill.

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Sakena Yacoobi
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