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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

Dear Friends,

Exciting Opportunity!

We are competing today for a share of a $50,000 bonus fund. The more we raise from you by midnight ET the larger the share of the pot we will get.

There is MORE! The two projects below ALSO receive 50% Match from Safer World Fund so your gift will be worth 50% more and then a percent more than that from Bonus Day.

Can you help?

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Newsflash: Dr. Yacoobi  is one of BBC 100 Women 2017!

AIL promotes modern skills, including computing in its education curriculum wherever possible. Both male and female students want to learn computer use, internet skills and coding. They are interested and they know computing skills will be useful in the job market. In one month in Herat there were 218 students studying computing including 118 females. In Kabul, in that same month there were 153 computer students. 

WLC manager states, “AIL provides great opportunities to Afghan people. People should take advantage of the benefits of their services. Other organizations require paid fees to learn. AIL provides free courses to all people. One of the students said, “My name is Hewad. I am a student of the computer class. I have finished the Access program and I am now in the 14th grade. After finishing this course, I want to be a teacher in one of the schools. The LC has effectively taught me computer programs. I am thankful to the AIL office for providing this opportunity.”

Thank you for your continued support.

 

AIL is working towards:SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Follow our CEO on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SakenaYacoobi

Dear Friends, 

AIL promotes modern skills, including computing, in its education curriculum wherever possible. Both male and female students want to learn computer use, internet skills and coding. They are interested and they know computing skills will be useful in the job market. 

AIL supports a coding course for girls at the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High Schools. There are two high schools in Kabul and two in Herat. In April, as we reported before, the Herat school won first place for Afghanistan in the girls Technovation Challenge competition. The competition was for creating mobile phone applications. The team won with their education app teaching literacy. The all- girl team went on to compete in the semi- final round with 100 teams from around the world, but did not make it to the final six. 

“My name is Monema. I am a student at the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private High School. I am a member of the "Youth Educator" team for the world Technovation Challenge. To create our app, we needed lots of information so we selected many literacy books. We worked in a group and collected the data we needed such as pictures and sounds.

We held meetings twice a week that usually took about two hours and we worked on our tasks at home too. We shared our experience in our weekly meetings and our mentor guided us as to how to work effectively. Overall, we worked on our app day and night.

Making this application looked very difficult to us, but we did not give up! To tell the truth, in the last days when the deadline approached, we worked from 7am to 7pm without feeling weary. We made some accessory tasks to be part of the world Technovation Challenge, as well as making the app. For instance, a pitch video, a demo video, a business plan and a pitch presentation and so on. We completed all of them successfully on time with the help of our mentor.  Fortunately our efforts were not wasted and we got through to the final competition as we received the top place among 18 other teams in Afghanistan.  We competed at the world level with 100 teams from around the world, but did not make it into the 6 finalist level.”  

Thank you for your continued support. 

AIL is working towards:

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

Follow our CEO on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SakenaYacoobi

Dear Friends,

The Afghan Institute of Learning and Creating Hope International have photos in this year's GlobalGiving's Photo Contest!

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Updates from programs!

Girls team wins Technovation Challenge with Education App!
Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School , Herat has won first place in the girls  Technovation Challenge competition creating mobile phone applications.
The 5 girl team beat 36 other teams from Afghanistan with their education app Amozgar, that teaches literacy. Sponsored by AIL, they worked on this project for 3 months creating an app with the alphabet with audio and words and sentences.  Their message, “With Amozgar we change homes into schools.”
The team and their app now move on to the semi- final round of judging with 100 teams from around the world. Six finalists will be picked from this round to compete for the final prize.

Radio Meraj wins more Top Awards in Media in Western Afghanistan!
The Afghanistan Institute for Research and Studies held a contest for 161 media outlets. Meraj was permitted to enter 3 categories and won all 3!  Meraj won best news package, best analysis and speakers, and best innovative programming. In addition, a photographer working with AIL won the best photography prize for one of his AIL photographs.
The competition attracted media outlets from all over the western zone including the well- known stations that have been operating for decades. Meraj’s success is remarkable in that it has been in operation for only two years yet won awards usually associated with stations of 5 plus years of experience. It won the most awards among all the existing media.
Radio Meraj is many years ahead of its strategic plan and has gained popular and professional credibility and success making it one of the top three Herat stations.   The station operates 20 hours a day reaching 9 out of the 15 districts of Herat.

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to let you know that an AIL project has been selected as one of only six projects in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund! The project is 921 Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women.

This project will receive one sixth of the donations made during the rest of this year to this special fund! We would not have been selected for this opportunity without the support we received in the month of March from many donors such as yourselves. Great team effort! Thank you!

Project Update

Computer skills are a popular and necessary part of modern life. AIL has incorporated computing classes into Learning Center schedules whenever possible.  There are 8 LCs that offer computer classes in the Herat area.  In March, 302 students were enrolled in those computer classes, 155 are female and 147 male.  In the Kabul area LCs there are 228 students studying computing.

A Kabul center manager said, “AIL provides great opportunity for Afghan people, you should gain great benefits from this opportunity.  In other courses you pay fees and learn, but AIL provides free courses to all people.” One of the students said, “My name is Hewad, I am a student of the computer course. I have finished the Access program and I am now in the 14th grade. After finishing this course I want to be a teacher in one of the schools. I have learned computer programs in a perfect way from this Learning Center. I am thankful for AIL office for providing this opportunity.”

Thank you for supporting computing at centers and the students who benefit from learning this skill.

Dear Friends,

When a community asks for AIL to set up a Learning Center (LC) it is a requirement that the community are supportive of the idea both theoretically and practically. Only with community involvement will these poor, uneducated people be able to achieve success in learning new skills. Center request what they want and can support, some immediately want modern skills in the program such as computing. Here is the story of how one community supported its center and its people in 2016.

“One of the local people who lives near the center is called Khalil. He has helped the center a lot. The center did not have a telephone line and we had internet problems so Khalil voluntarily gave his house phone line to the center and helped by holding internet classes and seminars and these continue today. Another man named Naser who has a house on the same road has helped too. He offered to put the course’s advertisement board on the roof of his home because it would be seen more easily. The board is still there today. One of the other neighbors allowed the center to use his house's wall as a board and to advertise its programs. Other families gifted useful informative books in Arabic to help students learn the language.    

This is truly a community effort! This operational approach is what creates sustainable opportunity for males and females to learn modern world skills such as computing which will help them find work. In 2016, 2,044 students were able to attend computer classes in Kabul LCs. In the month of December, Herat LCs had 304 students continuing their computer studies.

Please read our year end newsletter attached.  Thank you for being part of the support for these centers and the students who rely on them.


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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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