Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

by Afghan Institute of Learning

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 AIL is helping some of the most vulnerable boys in Herat City. There are 130 boys at the Street Children LC, some have come in off the streets where they were either wandering aimlessly or trying to earn a little money selling items. Other boys were in school, but had fallen behind in their subjects and needed extra help. All these boys now attend classes in a safe environment. When they are ready, they start studying at the public school but they still receive help at the Street Children LC, where they live. There are 78 in literacy, 39 in math, and 13 studying English.The boys now have purpose and are motivated to do well in school; some already aspire to go to university or to be teachers themselves.

Here is Ahmad’s story:“ I am Ahmad  and I am one of the  students of the AIL Street Children Learning Center. I am going to public school and I am also studying here at the center. My subjects at school are very tough since I want to study hard. Among all the subjects, one of the most difficult ones for me was English. They didn’t really help and teach us well at school, and I couldn’t go to any courses because of the expense but since I came here to this center, I started taking English classes with many of the other students and we are all doing well at it. Now I am doing great at school in English subjects and it has been awhile since I was chosen as the assistant to the English teacher. Our English classes at the center are really great; we are speaking, and doing group work and acting. There are a few of my classmates who already started teaching it at  other Learning Centers. I am also going to start teaching English at those centers, I will be more motivated, strengthened and I will be supported financially.  I want to thank AIL for changing my life.”

Thank you for your interest in boys education in Afghanistan.

Boys in an AIL Program
Boys in an AIL Program
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.


Getting boys back in school and on track to catch up with their peers is one of AIL’s goals. One of its Learning Centers called the Street Children Center currently has mostly boys in their care. The boys are provided with a place to learn, getting them off the streets, and given  health care. The facility currently caters to 130 boys ages 4 to 17. Some attend lessons and once they have reached the appropriate level they are taken daily to a local school to continue their studies. The center also teaches these children how to behave, dress, eat properly and do chores so they can learn social skills after having lived on the street.

AIL reaches boys at the lowest levels to start literacy and eduction but it also works at the other end providing libraries and books for boys to read once they have become literate. AIL has an ongoing commitment to the library at The Citadel in Herat. AIL is also setting up small libraries in its Learning Centers and one center in Herat recently reported that it has redesigned its library space. The center students were using old books so new ones were purchased and now there are 500 books available for all students. The boys and girls are issued a library card so they can access the books. Everyone loves the space and the books!

Thank you for your interest in literacy and boys education in Afghanistan.

Boys in an AIL class
Boys in an AIL class

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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.

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One of AIL’s primary goals is to raise the level of education across Afghanistan. Improving the rate of literacy is one of the stepping stones to that goal. An educated people is the key to a self-supporting country. Literacy is elemental to education and can be attained at any age. AIL staff are always encouraging people, no matter their age, to attend a literacy class. Boys are encouraged to start learning with literacy or to restart their education if it has been interrupted. Classes are provided but so are reading materials which are needed for literacy skills to grow. AIL supports libraries and library rooms at its Learning Centers so students, including boys have access to books, learn to research questions or problems, and gain confidence in their reading ability.

The Citadel Library in Herat, which AIL supports, continues to attract people with around 170-200 visitors each month.   AIL’s Calligraphy  Class at the Citadel has  23 male students who are learning this ancient Afghan art. AIL continues to add to its own library in its office in Herat and aims to enlarge the subject matter collection so that people have a resource, whatever the topic they are interested in. AIL also seeks donations where possible and recently 300 songbooks (Awsana se Sana) were sent to its Kabul Office along with over 800 teachers guides.

Thank you for your interest in literacy in Afghanistan.


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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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