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

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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AIL has risen to the challenge of Covid-19 and kept its programs running during the pandemic. Education was provided online and through education packs delivered to students.

Dr. Yacoobi said, “ I am so proud of my staff who have kept AIL running through the pandemic with adapted programs AND produced PPE for ministries and hospitals- 14,000 face shields, 13,000 masks, 400 other items AND opened a 50 bed Covid-19 hospital AND provided food aid and counseling AND provided covid information through Radio Meraj!”

We are glad to say that centers and schools are now open under strict social distancing and sanitation rules. Students are delighted to be back especially the children who missed their friends, teachers and the structure of classroom life.  Boys had continued their learning through the distance education program and computing from home with some boys coming into a center one day a week to use the computer. Kabul’s computer only center also provides English instruction to its 107 students (2 female). This is an intensive, fast track course designed to accelerate proficiency in computing which is a valued job skill. 

Your support is vital in helping us maintain our distance learning program.

Our projects 1155 Fast Track Education and 1073 Healthcare are eligible for the Safer World Fund 50% on donations right now!

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Covid-19 has created a great many difficulties in Afghanistan, especially because it is a poor country and has fragile health and education systems. AIL has had to close its Learning Centers but staff worked hard to adapt its education program to online, distance learning. Students have been provided with education packs and have access to a teacher by email, a hotline and in person if necessary.

It is vital that  allstudents continue their learning and do not lose heart.  “It takes time and patience to gain acceptance for education, especially in rural areas. I am concerned that our students do not lose heart and turn away from education,” says Dr. Yacoobi.

Quarantine has increased the sense of isolation that many people feel and is pushing boys to seek any form of work to bring in some income. The stress of the health and economic situation is causing a rise in family disputes and violence in the home.  The education packs give boys a focus and a hope that they will return to school or an AIL center for classes in the near future.

AIL has been able to repurpose its tailoring classrooms at many sites, to the production of personal protective equipment. Teachers and tailoring course graduates are producing gowns and masks while other staff are joining in and helping to make face shields. These items are being used in AIL health clinics and being donated to the government for use in other cities.

Your support is vital in helping us maintain our distance learning program. 

 

AIL is working towards

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

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Sakena Yacoobi
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Dearborn, Michigan United States
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