Afghans Learn Computing for their Jobs

by Afghan Institute of Learning
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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton

So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you. 

First, on Tuesday the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University. The official citation reads:

With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world. 

Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country.

The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning. 

Finally, tomorrow is a Global Giving Matching Day, and because AIL is a superstar partner, all donations will be matched at 50%! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EST and funds generally run out after just a few hours.To select a project that you might like to donate to, visit AIL’s page on GlobalGiving

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The Afghan Institute of Learning is very excited to have been given the opportunity to blog at Huffington Post! Our first blog about the Women’s Networking Movement taking place in some of AIL’s centers has been posted. The Women’s Networking Movement is taking place in about 30 of AIL’s centers, schools and clinics. The women coming to these centers are sharing thoughts and ideas in ways that have not been possible until recently. 

To learn more about the Women’s Networking Movement, check out our blog at Huffington Post

Creating Hope International, AIL’s partner, has set up a Facebook page where we will be sharing more news, pictures and information about AIL’s programs. Make sure that you ‘Like’ Creating Hope International on Facebook to get all the latest news! 

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Thank you for your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s Computer programs. In February of 2013, 332 students attended computer classes at AIL’s Learning Centers overseen by the Herat Office, and 132 students attended computer classes at Learning Centers overseen by the Kabul Office. These classes helped the students learn basic computer skills, which the students could use to help them secure employment. 

Additionally in February, 213 students graduated from the advanced computer classes being offered in Herat province. A new class has started in March, and we will know how many people have enrolled in the new class in early April. In Kabul province, 285 students are enrolled in the advanced computer class. 

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.  As you celebrate with those you love, please take a moment to look at CHI’s yearly newsletter, which we’ve attached to this report. As you will see, 2012 has been a transformative year for AIL and CHI. After years of working tirelessly to provide education, training and healthcare to Afghans, we are beginning to see a real change. The minds of those AIL works with are being opened to the possibility of a peaceful Afghan society. 

AIL is in the process of finalizing a 5 year funding plan, which will be put into place beginning in 2013. We are looking forward to sharing the details of this plan with you soon, and hope that you will find it in your heart to give generously to help us reach our goal. The people of Afghanistan are making great strides, but our work is not done yet. Instead of backing down, we need to push ahead and continue to give Afghans the tools they need to create a more peaceful country. We are hoping that we can count on you to help continue our work. 


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Thank you for all you have contributed towards AIL’s goal of educating the people of Afghanistan. While the conditions in Afghanistan are still challenging, AIL is seeing positive changes in the lives of those Afghans that it works with. 

As we told you in our previous report, AIL has begun teaching computer and English classes in four of it’s centers in Herat and Kabul Provinces. At one of the Herat centers, 201 students graduated from the English course, and 211 from the computer course.  At another of the centers, all of the computer students have chosen to speak only English while in class to help improve their fluency and understanding of the language. 

These computer courses are focused on teaching the students the basics of using the Microsoft suite of products. From in-depth instruction on using Windows, to instruction on all of the functions of MS Word and Excel, these classes are helping Afghans learn to use PC to create professional looking documents, spreadsheets and presentations. 

AIL would like to share the remarks of one young man who has been attending classes in one of AIL’s centers for a year. Ahmad is a 22 year old who thanked AIL for the school, and said he prays for Dr. Yacoobi, AIL’s Executive Director. He continues, “AIL has changed my live positively. I started studying English and computers in the center last year. Before I attended classes, I didn’t even know how to turn on or off a computer, but now I have learned well. In fact, I’ve learned to use seven programs on the computer. In addition, I’ve learned to speak and write English well. After I graduated form the course, I took an entrance exam for a trading company in my town. I got the job, and my salary is excellent. I support my family, my mother and my father with the money I receive. After seeing what I have done, my cousin is interested in learning computers and English as well. I owe all my successes to AIL.” 

Stories like this show what a big impact your contributions can have on the life of an Afghan citizen. The classes that you help support have forever altered the course of this man’s life, and that of his family and AIL would like to thank you for your generosity. 

Don’t forget!  The holidays are a great time to share your passion for AIL and the great work that they do! GlobalGiving offers gift certificates which can be used to donate to AIL’s projects. Also, beginning December 1st, the initial donation made by recurring donors will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving. There is only $25,000 available in matching funds, so help AIL take advantage of this opportunity early!

 

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Afghan Institute of Learning

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

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