Afghans Learn Computing for their Jobs

by Afghan Institute of Learning

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.


Dear Friends,

AIL has 43 learning centers in operation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Student frequently request training in computer use. In the month of August there were 531 students in Kabul and Herat learning computers. The boys only computer class at MBK has 14 students.

Here is a story from one of their students, My name is Naveed. I study computers at this Learning Center and now I have started an internet club in this area. This can help my people and also it means I have become independent. In this area there were no internet clubs and when people need internet access they had to go to Kabul city. Now they can use it in their own area. So this is all because of AIL organization that provide us such high quality course in this area.“

This class changed the life of one young man and he went on the change the life of a community creating a link to the outside world and a small business for himself. This skill set helps students with school work and those employed with their work. If you are proficient in computer skills then you have a very marketable skill when looking for a job.

Dear Friends,

People are keen to learn computing both because it is interesting but also because it is a marketable skill for when they seek work. In the month of June in Herat Learning Centers, 387 students are studying computing, including 193 males and 194 females. In the Kabul Province and other provinces there were 169 computer students including 87 males in 3 centers where the classes were male only. One of these classes is in Wardak Province which has a lot of security issues so the fact that the class is running is remarkable. Two of the Kabul classes are a combined English and computing 6 month course which is highly regarded. All students learn computer functions and popular programs such as Word and Excel.

Here is a story from one student, “I am student in 12thgrade. I had problems in English and computer class. My father didn’t let me  join the courses where boys and girls study together so I faced a lot of problems and was searching for a course that I could join. One of my classmates told me about this Learning Center. It is free and  all students are female! I talked with my family and they let me join the center. My teacher is so kind and nice  I am so happy and thankful to AIL for providing this opportunity to Afghan girls .” 

Thank you for contributing to our work helping equip people with skills they can use to make a better life for themselves and their communities.

Dear Friends, 

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AIL update

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat.  A diverse range of subjects are offered (though not at every center) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing, miniature painting, computers. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education.  Here is a typical story from one center, “We could solve the family problem of two students this month.  One of them is a young woman; her husband is an opium user. He didn’t let his wife join the center.  But we talked with them and were able to get his agreement. After a lot of talk and face to face contact of the center’s manager and elders of the area he did agree with her.  Now the woman is learning in our center. She is very happy about this and thanked AIL staff for changing her life.”  This woman is at the  start of her journey in education which can culminate in more sophisticated learning such as computing and English, which AIL provides as well as the basics of literacy and math.  This story illustrates the growing problem of opium addiction in the male population and its devastating consequences on both the men and the female members of their families. AIL's education program gives young people hope for the future and valued skills such as computing which they can use to get work.

AIL also conducts in depth trainings during the year and so far in 2016, 701 people (341 female and 360 male) have been to trainings on subjects such as leadership, health, violence, tax, administration, IT and computers. AIL provides as many opportunites to learn computing as it can and even has a combined English and computing course which is very popular.

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education.

Dear Friends,

Learning computing can change a life. Here is a story from one center:

“Zahra, a student from one of the Herat Learning Centers achieved first place in a competition between about 100 persons who applied for a job as an employee for an organization. Zahra completed the English and Computer learning program at the center. She was usually the best in her classes and got top marks. We are very happy about her that she is a successful person and can help her family. Her family are illiterate people who are living in a poor economic situation. The salary of Zahra will help them to have a better life. She is thankful for the AIL learning center that created changes in her life.”

AIL helps students at all levels of aspiration. Those who want to read and write do so, then some want more and take math class. Others start out wanting to learn a skill to earn money such as sewing, while others then go further wanting to learn English and computing which gives them real advantage in the workplace. AIL always seeks to adapt to changing needs and to incorporate modern subjects into curricula if it is requested.

Thank you for your support.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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