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Books for Afghan Women and Children

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children
Books for Afghan Women and Children

AIL publishes a magazine called Neda-e-Talim every 6 months. The content is educational and news orientated emphasizing literacy and health.  The most recent edition included articles on: literacy for a better life, Touchstone English language learning system, women and leadership skills, discriminatory language, health, peace, private school football, women’s rights, poetry and literature, discipline at schools, children’s literature. The magazine also gives updates on AIL’s work, information on AIL’s Learning Centers and Dr. Yacoobi’s private radio station, Radio Meraj.

Copies of the magazine are widely distributed and available at all AIL facilities such as offices, libraries, centers and clinics

Thank you for your support for our work.


AIL is working towards:

SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Access to literary material is limited in poor communities in Afghanistan. AIL publishes a magazine which is widely distributed through its offices, clinics and Learning Centers. AIL also supports a library at the Citadel complex in Herat and has its own libraries. The two AIL offices have substantial libraries. The Kabul office has 3,000 books and Herat has 2,500. In addition, five Learning Centers also maintain their own libraries. The largest of these has 2,000 books and the smallest 200.

Students and staff benefit from having access to varied reading matter and the libraries are also quiet places for study.

Thank you for your support for our work with literacy.


Recently, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School, Herat won an International School Award from the British Council. The awards go to schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing global citizens by embedding internationalism throughout the ethos and curriculum of the school. The Director of the British Council, Afghanistan said: “This globally recognized accreditation helps enrich learning & improve teaching by guiding international learning activities, from introducing international education into the curriculum to embedding it within school culture.”

We are providing education to a growing number of women and girls of all ages and backgrounds. In the first two months of the year, we brought education to over 9,236 girls in subjects such as literacy, English, Arabic, and computers. We give the gift of literacy and open the door to a lifetime of reading and education.We have also provided these women and girls with ample opportunities to gain skills in sewing, tailoring, carpet and silk weaving, macramé, and painting. All of these skills open doors to careers and other opportunities to make an income.

In addition, our Fast-Track program has opened doors to women and girls by providing them with flexible schedules to learn the basics as fast or as slow as they are able to. We wish to thank you all for your generosity and compassion in making these hopeful changes possible!

Habiba said, “I was born in Ali Khail village to a farming family.  The first three children of my family were girls and the next three were boys. I am the oldest girl. I could not go to school and learn knowledge because in my village there is no school or place for education. My sister and I worked with our father on the farm. We earned a little money for life necessities.In the end the bad situation of life and future education of my brothers compelled us to leave our birthplace and move to Mazar e Sharif city. My brothers can now attend school and get an education. I am happy for them.  Knowledge can stop a person falling into poverty. We have spent four years in Mazar e Sharif but I cannot go to school.A few months ago, I enrolled in a literacy class at the AIL center and after two months I am able to read and write! I would love to go to school if I can, that is my hope.” 


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!”

AIL is working towards:

SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

At the start of this new year we reflect on what we have done in 2018 and how this has changed lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women and girls the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and increase their capacity.

In 2018, 28,121 (19,095 female, 10,566 adolescent age) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are popular, also English, computers, math, weaving. There are some centers that are specialist such as 3 that are preschool only and 1 that is boys computing, 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in Kabul.

AIL received a consignment of 1,000 books and 50 associated teacher guides. The new book is a 60 page, color book of 6 Afghan folktales for children, 3 in Dari and 3 in Pashto. A talented Afghan illustrator had created engaging illustrations which are very appealing to children. The book is for 3rd - 8th graders. The teacher’s guide uses the folktales to teach basic comprehension skills such as main theme, character development and settings. The books were distributed to AIL Learning Centers and the Dr. Yacoobi four private schools  

Thank you for your continued interest and we hope you will read the annual newsletter attached.


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Books are a vital component of AIL's literacy program. Wherever possible small libraries are set up at Learning Centers and AIL offices so students and others have access to a variety of reading material.  

"Hello. My name is Zabihullah. I am studying Computer Science at Ghalib University on the other hand I am one of the employees of AIL. During the first two weeks of my first semester the teacher assigns me on projects. So first of all I searched regarding my project in internet where I did not find enough so I was concerned. Next day one of my colleagues whose name is Mr. Pardis suggested me the library of AIL and told me you might find something about your project over there. On that time I went to library and searched for my project related books. In fact, there are many books related to every educational field. Thus I invited my classmates and we prepared our projects completely. AIL has a library where it is too much easier to focus on our studies and building our capacity. In my free time, I am going to the library and there I study not only my field books but also other fields'. I wish I become a successful IT manager and I will turn out to be that one."

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, MI United States

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