Afghans Learn Computing for their Jobs

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends,

In 2015, AIL Learning Centers taught 3,276 students computing skills which will be invaluable when they seek jobs in the local economy.  The classes are always popular and AIL frequently receives requests from individuals and its 43 centers for these classes.

Here is an inspiring story from one of those students, There was a boy who used to live in a village with his family and although his parents were not educated people, they encouraged their children to study. In their village there was a school which was not of a high standard and the teachers were not experienced. So the parents wanted their son to study in the city school even though they were poor so their son started studying in the city school so he could get a good education and become a highly capable person. The boy attended AIL’s  English and computer class after school. After graduating from school he went back to his village and opened his own learning center and started teaching English and computing to earn a living and because he wanted to change the lives of youth in his community.”

What a difference good education makes in a life! Not only education but opportunity to learn modern marketable skills. Thank you for contributing to our work helping equip young people with skills they can use to make a better life for themselves and their communities.

Please read the attached CHI 2015 Newsletter featuring AIL for information on activities last year.


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Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

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AIL is helping move Afghanistan towards being a modern society providing opportunity to many who live in disadvantaged circumstances. Here is an example of a boy living in a rural situation in Farza District he said, “First of all, I want to thank AIL for giving us this opportunity. My father is farmer and I am also working with him but I wished to study computers. At this center computer is taught without charging any fee. I like this course very much.  Secondly, our economic situation is not good and I couldn’t pay fees for university. As AIL is working always to improve youth I request that AIL start a university with low fees so that we could continue our education.”

A small amount of education opens minds and gives young people hope so they aspire to learn more, become more accomplished and contribute more to the society.  Without AIL this young man’s interest in computers would have been extinguished and he would have had few opportunities beyond the subsistence farming of his father. The skills he is gaining at the center will not only change his life but that of his parents as he will be able to offer them support once he gains employment. Girls too, are keen to learn computing and put that skill to good use in the workforce.

Thank you for helping young people change their lives.

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So far in 2015, AIL Learning Centers have educated over 20,000 students including at two Learning Centers which offer only computing courses. The health program has provided care to over 129,000 people  and health education to 82,000! Your donation will help AIL to continue providing vital education and health services!

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Boys and girls love computing and that is true in Afghanistan too. One Kabul Learning Center has 10 male students who are working their way through the basics of computing and current software such as Excel, Word and Office and internet usage classes. There is a second  LC in Kabul that is exclusively computing, but  this time it is girls only! 60 girls aged 10-19 are working their way through a combined  English and Computing 6 month course. What a difference these classes are making to young people’s lives! Here is one story:

 “We are Azmatullah and Yama and we both graduated from the computer course at the AIL Learning Center.  After completing this course we got admission to the  Banking Institute in DarulAman, Kabul – Afghanistan. At this  institute the Excel program is used for banking systems and we learned Excel in the  computer course .Now we don’t have any problem using the  program with the banking.    We are thankful for the AIL office that gave us the opportunity so that we learned a lot and now it helps us. I want AIL office to give more opportunity especially to areas that have poor people who can’t afford fees.”

Thanks for helping these young people with their computer skills.

Students in an AIL Classroom
Students in an AIL Classroom
Dear Friends, 
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.

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Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States