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Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding
Help Afghans Learn Computing and Coding

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. Many of the computer class students are continuing studies at home if they have computer access and internet. Other students are using books to keep learning the theory behind computing.

It is vital that students 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 we do not lose the ground we have gained,” says Dr. Yacoobi.

Quarantine has increased the sense of isolation that many women feel and is pushing girls into more household chores and we fear families will not look to return their girls to class and there will be a consequential rise in child marriage. The stress of the health and economic situation is causing a rise in family disputes and violence against women.  The education packs give girls and boys a focus and a hope that they will return to school or an AIL center for classes in the near future.  

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

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

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In 2019, Herat centers had computing classes for 404 students, 250 female and 154 male. The Kabul centers had 285 students studying computing and another 57 doing a special 6 month computer class with many of those students also taking the 6 month English class, which has 81 students.

Computing skills open the doors to greater educational opportunity and to job opportunities.  Here is a story from one student, “I graduated from school three years ago and I was poor and was taking a private computer class. My neighbor suggested the AIL center which is free. My teacher was so kind and dedicated and my computer skills improved every day.  After I graduated I got a job at the center teaching computing and the salary I receive supports my family.”

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Afghans are eager to become literate and many want to become computer literate in this modern age of digital information. Learning Centers offer computing when possible and AIL supports computing and coding classes at a private school.

“I have been in computer class for six months and I have learned lots of new things and am now a fully skilled computer programmer. Computing skills are extremely important and everyone needs to have them in this modern world. I am so proud of myself that I learned this skill.

Recently, I got a part-time job at a learning Center where I manage emails and coordinate meetings for the principal of the school. My new job means I can buy whatever I need. I am also able to teach computer skills to my brothers and sisters and we don’t need to anyone else to do it.”

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


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Last month the computer Learning Center in Kabul held its graduation ceremony. There were forty-two graduates including 36 male and 6 female. The ceremony including demonstrating literacy skills as a brother and sister read the newspaper in Dari and then translated it. Another two students demonstrated creating a database and a calculator in Microsoft Access. They were the youngest students of the class being 13 and 15 years old.

Speakers at the event encouraged the graduates saying such things as, “Education plays an important role in building good character in young people and building a good society, be a good citizen and take care of the environment, become a messenger for education – if you learn something teach it to another person.”

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In the first 6 months of the year, AIL has provided educational opportunity to 4,929 young men and boys and 9,838 girls and women. Classes range from preschool to literacy, English, computers to traditional Afghan arts such as calligraphy and miniature painting. 

One of our centers in Kabul just teaches computing and has increased its class size to 60. All the students were boys until May of this year when 2 girls joined. Almost all the young are interested in computing and the classes are popular at all our centers. One center runs a Computing/English combined course for 43 students, 15 are girls. 

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News

Recently, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School, Herat won an International School Award from the British Council. The awards go to schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing global citizens by embedding internationalism throughout the ethos and curriculum of the school.The Director of the British Council, Afghanistan said: “This globally recognized accreditation helps enrich learning & improve teaching by guiding international learning activities, from introducing international education into the curriculum to embedding it within school culture.”

AIL supports a Leadership Class and a coding and computer program at the school.

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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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