The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) continuously expands their programs to reach and educate as many Afghans as they possibly can. Recently, we received a report of the addition of another English and Computer Center in one of the AIL Centers located in a very insecure area. We learned that a local businessman agreed to purchase computers and a solar powered energy source for the center if AIL would agree to provide the teachers for the courses. Of course, AIL jumped at the chance to reach more people and immediately, 58 new students enrolled in the courses. It is so exciting to know that 58 more Afghan citizens will learn the necessary skills to use computers in the workplace.
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Since 1995, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been helping Afghans lift themselves above the devastation of war by providing education, training, health care, and health education. AIL’s approach is to interlink health and education programs, like building blocks that together form a whole structure. While delivering these basic services AIL has also been able to promote critical thinking skills and model and teach human rights, women’s rights, peace, democracy, and leadership. With new skills and information, Afghans are becoming empowered and hopeful. Through your financial support, you have been a part of these seeds of systemic change.
Through the natural progression that exists when people begin to think for themselves, AIL often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding, and forgiveness to their people in order to return to a peaceful way of life; the way of their country’s history. Supported by Fetzer Institute, AIL is responding to these requests by holding an International Conference on Love and Forgiveness this Spring that will be shared throughout the country and internationally via film. This conference will focus on the study of Afghan poets and musicians, particularly the work of Mawlana (Rumi). Participating in the conference will be poets, writers, Sufis and government representatives from all parts of Afghanistan and the world.
Joining the Conference, in person, or via film or writings, are:
Poet Coleman Barks; known as the pre-eminent translator of Rumi, the great 13th century poet and teacher. Mr. Barks’ writings and translations have filled 15 books that are more popular than other renderings of these ancient words. They make Rumi’s raptures accessible to the world beyond their creation.
Stephen Olsson, President of CEM Productions, has produced and directed documentary films, television series and feature news reports throughout the world for US and European broadcasters. He also produced and directed: Afghanistan: The Fight For A Way of Life, which was broadcast throughout the world and cited by The New York Times as one of the best documentary films of the year.
Divine Mother Audrey Kitagawa, a former attorney, practiced in Honolulu for twenty years, and became the spiritual leader of The Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a worldwide community based in Hawaii. Divine Mother Audrey is a prolific writer on matters of spirituality and multiculturalism and serves on many global, spiritual and UN advisory boards, including as Advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations.
AIL invites you to join Afghans in thought and through your own study of music and poetry that brings us all closer to the peaceful world we endeavor to achieve.
We are so excited about a brand new project that began in January in Kabul, Afghanistan. At two of AIL’s Kabul Learning Centers, new computer equipment was purchased with help from a very generous donor, and a special six month program was launched to 240 students at each center. These students will specifically study two subjects - English and Computers. English class will include grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary; and the Computer class will begin with an introduction to computers and windows programs and then accelerate to learn specific software applications. This program will soon be implemented in Herat Province also. We are expecting great results from this project.
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During 2011, 832 students attended computer classes in AIL Learning Centers in Herat and Kabul, Afghanistan. Subjects they studied included computer basics, Windows based operating systems, and Microsoft Office Software, including Word, Excel and Power Point. These students, after graduating from their computer classes are better equipped to obtain a job with their newly acquired skills.
2012 will bring many more opportunities to students who want to study computers, as the Afghan Institute of Learning has plans to open additional computer centers.
In August, a new Language and Computer Educational Center has been established in Herat by the Afghan Institute of Learning. People are excited about this opportunity and are traveling long distances to attend classes at this center. The Manager of the local private school in the area said, “We are thankful for the AIL Office to work for the quality of our society, especially students. I am happy about the inauguration of this Educational Center.”
Another AIL Project, “Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls” has been chosen to be part of the Girl Effect Challenge, which runs from October 15 through November 15, 2011. Approximately 60 projects have been included in this challenge. The top six projects with the highest number of unique donations will become part of the Girl Effect Fund for one year and each is expected to earn an additional $25,000. Please check out our project #8791, and thank you for your generous support of our programs!
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