Snapshot of the Boys Education Project—August 2007
By Toc Dunlap - Executive Director
The Boys Education Project of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been very successful. The project targets educating older boys who have not had an opportunity to attend school or are behind in their schooling because of the fighting over the years in Afghanistan.
Although known for its highly successful programs for females, AIL has always provided education for boys as well. In 2002, at the request of the boys themselves, AIL began supporting a special school for older boys and advanced classes for boys in Mir Bacha Kot. In 2006, the special school was closed because ALL of the boys, through the fast track AIL system, had been able to mainstream into regular Afghan schools. The advanced classes in Mir Bacha Kot continue in the afternoons for boys who need remedial work or who are trying to ‘catch up” with their age group.
Presently, AIL is providing education to 4467 boys in various centers and classes. Because of the demand and the lack of funding for boys classes, AIL has increased the number of boys to be helped through Global Giving to 360.
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