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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

Exciting opportunity TODAY only. We are competing for a share of a $75,000 bonus fund! All donations get some matching fundsThe more we raise from you by midnight ET   the larger the share of the fund we will get. 

Can you help? 

There is MORE! The two projects below ALSO receive 50% Match from Safer World Fund so your gift will be worth 50% more and then a percent more than that from Bonus Day.

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

The 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Kabul and Herat play a crucial role in providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged men and boys in small communities. In addition to regular classes in academics, computers and other subjects all students at LCs are taught fundamental life skills such as health information, peace education and leadership.

Computer classes are always popular at AIL centers. Students are interested to learn for work and for pleasure. One center reported the students wanted another 15 days of instruction so they could go over the course again and keep improving their skills. There is one LC that just has boys as students learning computing.

Stories tell the story of the impact these classes have.  One center manager had this to say, “We proud to have the people’s trust, especially females. This shows our success.  There are fewer job opportunities in Kabul nowadays but our graduate students get jobs. For example, two graduate students named Madina and Hussina from the center started their own computing course at home. They gathered the girls from their neighborhood and teach them for two hours every day with little fee, because they want to share what they learn with other girls and get some benefit for themselves. They thanked AIL for providing them the opportunity and will never forget AIL’s efforts for them.” 

Thank you for your continued support. 

AIL is working towards:

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

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Dear Friends,

Exciting Opportunity!

We are competing today for a share of a $50,000 bonus fund. The more we raise from you by midnight ET the larger the share of the pot we will get.

There is MORE! The two projects below ALSO receive 50% Match from Safer World Fund so your gift will be worth 50% more and then a percent more than that from Bonus Day.

Can you help?

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Newsflash: Dr. Yacoobi  is one of BBC 100 Women 2017! 

Learning Centers (LCs) in Kabul and Herat play a crucial role in providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged men and boys in small communities. So far in 2017,  22,203  students (7,380 male) have attended 6 month courses at  44 LCs in various locations. In addition to regular classes in academics, computers and other subjects all students at LCs are taught fundamental life skills such as health information, peace education and leadership.

Leadership is essential to every society. If there are no leaders then there is no government which leads to insecurity and chaos. Economic, political and educational and cultural activities decline.  Leadership skills training whether in regular classroom setting or in special intensive workshop formats have always been part of AIL’s program.  The training builds the capacity of the youth. They learn how to voice their opinions and take leadership roles. Sessions start with explanations of what a leader is, the difference between leadership and management and how to build self confidence in leadership. Communication skills, knowledge of social justice, politics and democracy are all covered.

One student said, “I learned that everyone can be a leader. I learned how to express myself and treat other people who are competing with me. I gained self- confidence. Leadership concerns influencing others and helping them be more capable so they can handle conflicts. I will be able to use these skills in my life.”

In 2017, AIL has provided 176 people (39 male) with Leadership Workshops adding to the leadership skills knowledge they gained in LC classes.

Thank you for your continued support.

AIL is working towards:SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Follow our CEO on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SakenaYacoobi

Dear Friends,

There are male students at most of AIL’s Learning Centers and there are 3 centers that have exclusively male students.  Two of these are in Herat province and 1 is in Kabul. The Kabul center does computer classes for boys. There are 14 boys in the class at present and they are studying the Excel program.

The class needs two more computers and has asked AIL for help. The manager also reported that some families were not supportive of the students but he spoke to them and explained the benefits of education and how this would help their sons get jobs and learn other skills.

One boy said, “We talked to our parents and explained about how useful this class is. We did the best we could to make our parents feel happy about us doing the class. It will improve our lives and our society too.”

This was a successful talk and the parents are now feeling good about the class. The students have asked for an English class to be held as well. Some AIL centers have joint English and computing classes available.

Thank you for your continued support.

AIL is working towards:

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

Follow our CEO on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SakenaYacoobi

Dear Friends,

The Afghan Institute of Learning and Creating Hope International have photos in this year's GlobalGiving's Photo Contest!

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Your vote will help us win a $1000 bonus prize and the opportunity to be featured on the GlobalGiving homepage and in their social media outreach! Thank You.

Updates from programs!

Girls team wins Technovation Challenge with Education App!
Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School , Herat has won first place in the girls  Technovation Challenge competition creating mobile phone applications.
The 5 girl team beat 36 other teams from Afghanistan with their education app Amozgar, that teaches literacy. Sponsored by AIL, they worked on this project for 3 months creating an app with the alphabet with audio and words and sentences.  Their message, “With Amozgar we change homes into schools.”
The team and their app now move on to the semi- final round of judging with 100 teams from around the world. Six finalists will be picked from this round to compete for the final prize.

Radio Meraj wins more Top Awards in Media in Western Afghanistan!
The Afghanistan Institute for Research and Studies held a contest for 161 media outlets. Meraj was permitted to enter 3 categories and won all 3!  Meraj won best news package, best analysis and speakers, and best innovative programming. In addition, a photographer working with AIL won the best photography prize for one of his AIL photographs.
The competition attracted media outlets from all over the western zone including the well- known stations that have been operating for decades. Meraj’s success is remarkable in that it has been in operation for only two years yet won awards usually associated with stations of 5 plus years of experience. It won the most awards among all the existing media.
Radio Meraj is many years ahead of its strategic plan and has gained popular and professional credibility and success making it one of the top three Herat stations.   The station operates 20 hours a day reaching 9 out of the 15 districts of Herat.

Dear Friends,

AIL has always included males in its programs. Males need the quality healthcare that AIL provides, they also need the health education.  On the education side, Learning Centers (LCs) provide places for boys to catch up on their schooling so they can reenter school at the right grade level. In 2016, 8,398 males attended LCs under AIL management in Herat and Kabul Province and Peshawar, Pakistan. AIL always operates to provide what the local community requests and so some of the LCs are for men/boys only including at a boys orphanage.  One such center is for street children and has 108 male students who are taking 9 month course in literacy, math and English.

Another is a computer center in Kabul which has 16 male students who study computing and are currently concentrating on MS Word. The teacher recently changed the time of the course to be more convenient for the students who are also in school. A Kabul center manager said, “AIL provides great opportunity for Afghan people, you should gain great benefits from this opportunity.  In other courses you pay fees and learn, but AIL provides free courses to all people.” One of the students said, “My name is Hewad, I am a student of the computer course. I have finished the Access program and I am now in the 14th grade. After finishing this course I want to be a teacher in one of the schools. I have learned computer programs in a perfect way from this Learning Center. I am thankful for AIL office for providing this opportunity.”

Thank you for supporting this project which helps boys stay healthy and gain education, which changes their lives for the better.

 

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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