Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

by Afghan Institute of Learning

During 2011, 4,477 boys attended classes at AIL’s Learning Centers in Kabul and Herat.  One of those students, named Mohammad Shafee is 10 years old and has been studying for one year at an AIL Learning Center.  His father is deceased, but his mother and his brothers support his efforts to receive an education.  Shafee says, “I am thankful for Dr. Yacoobi and the teachers at my center for helping me to learn literacy.  I wish them all a long life full of success.  I will continue my studies and I will help my people in the future.”

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“Ali Khidadad is a boy who lost his father a few years ago. He is living with his uncle.  He is registered in English class.  His teacher says he is very clever and really wants to learn English.  He always gives thanks for the director of this center.”

These are the kinds of stories we see every month.  Young men are entering classes and not giving into some other way of life despite their circumstances.  They know that education is key to bringing their own lives and their country forward.

Thank you to all of you who supported this project this year.  You are making a difference.

Another program has been started in Herat at the restored Gawhar Shad Musalla Complex that is helping to train boys as well as girls.  In addition to their continued offerings in their Learning Centers, The Afghan Institute of Learning has set up several cultural and specialty classes at the Complex in hopes of attracting the attention of young students and to continue some of the historical Afghan craftmaking. 

A new program they are offering is a three month photography course.  Immediately, seven young men enrolled in the course.  AIL continuously expands their programs to keep the young men of Afghanistan engaged in education and job skills.

AIL is seeing increasing numbers of young men in some of their centers. They are excited to have the opportunity to learn.  The following story is from one of the students at a rural center in a very conservative area far from Herat City, which just recently opened:

“I am Mohammad Elham, one of Dy-Dana (CBO) ‘s student. It has to be mentioned that the center makes lots of efforts to provide contribution to students in their school subjects and solve their problems by the skillful and professional teachers. On the other hand, the teachers aware us about social, ethical, Islamic and cultural matters and always serve students. I thank the educational services of A.I.L. to spiritually improve people.”

Mohammad, one of the English students, said, “One of my great wishes was to speak English.  This wish of mine has been accomplished with the help of my hardworking teachers. I hope that AIL continues to support teachers in different parts of Afghanistan in order to totally eliminate illiteracy, and that our country could compete with other countries across the world.”


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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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