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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

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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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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AIL’s goal is to educate the people of Afghanistan so they can have greater opportunity and better lives. While the conditions in Afghanistan are still challenging, AIL is seeing positive changes in the lives of those Afghans that it works with.  AIL’s primary mission is to educate women and children, but never turns away any Afghan seeking help.

In the first two months of the year, AIL has helped to educate 9,236 females and 4,706 males in classes ranging from preschool to literacy, English and computers to traditional Afghan arts such as calligraphy and miniature painting and glass making. The computer class students, like all students, also learn about peace, human rights, health and much more during their time at the center.Centers act as social gathering places and some even have health clinics.

Here is a story that shows how the centers are a community resource: “At the beginning of the month, the vaccination campaign began in the whole city area. The AIL Learning Center hosted vaccinators from the department of public health. People brought their children to the center and they were vaccinated. This action meant a large number of children was saved from dangerous diseases. The center likes to help the community and this sort of event means people become aware of the center and what it does. They see we have classes for girls but also for boys who need help.”


Dr. Yacoobi joined with high level national and international delegates in the "Seville Commitment" - Supporting Localization Efforts for #SDGs.  She said, “AIL has provided SDG services to the most marginalized and disadvantaged for 25 yrs. In my talk I emphasized it is essential to work with local governments and provide resources to local NGOs who are doing good work. Replicate excellent SDG focused programs so No One is Left Behind!”

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At the start of this new year we reflect on what has been achieved in 2018 and how this has changed people’s lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give people the opportunity to learn, to network with others and to gain both knowledge and increase their capacity.

In 2018, 28,121 students (19,095 female, 9,026 male) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are popular, also English, computers, math, weaving. There are some centers that are specialist such as 3 that are preschool only and 1 that is boys computing, 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in Kabul.

Computing remains an in demand course at many centers. In 2018, 1,651 students attended some sort of computer class. Herat area centers had 485 male computer students.  Kabul’s boys only computer center had 118 students in the year, a big increase in numbers from previous years. Two sites offered a combined computers and English 6 month course.

Parviz  said, “I am living in a place far from the center of the city . If a student want to learn computers or English he or she must travel a long way and that is a big problem for me and other like me. When I learned there is a center which teaches English and computers without charging fees I was very happy. I have been studying here for two months. In this short time I have learned a lot about computers and computer programs. I am very interested in computers.”

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Afghan Institute of Learning

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

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