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!”