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
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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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AIL is active in promoting literacy and book reading to all children. September 8th is International Literacy Day and this is highlighted at the schools and Learning Centers. We have included a photo of children celebrating literacy day and one of children with new books.Here is the story of one girl whose life was transformed after attending a literacy class.
"We lived in poverty and misery and were isolated, knowing no one. But after 6 months, I got to know our neighbors and became friends with their girls. Those girls were going to school and it made me interested in school. When it was time for school, I would go to our front door and watch the students walking by on their way to class. My heart was wanting to go. One day I shared this with my mother, but she said nothing and I thought that she had rejected the idea. But one week later, my mother came to me and said that she had found an AIL center for us which is close by. I started at the center in the 4th Grade. I studied there for three years and then started at the public school. Now I am a school graduate and am getting ready to take the Kankor University Entrance Exam. I love the center and I have also registered for cosmetology class.”
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AIL is active in promoting literacy and book reading to all children. Recently, as part of a leadership class the staff held a Book reading contest called Books and Leaders. The boys and girls in each leadership class competed with each other. The contest encourages reading but also reading with focus and close attention to detail in reading something that requires concentration of thought in today’s world of instant news, images and distraction.
The questions were composed from three books:
The Power of Emotional Intelligence written by Donal Gellman
Creativity and Problem Solving by Brian Tracy
Manage Your Time by Brian Tracy.
One student said, “I enjoy books and doing this contest I had to pay attention so as to answer all the questions correctly. I really like reading a lot.”
The school principal and head of the leadership class were the judges and a team of girls won the contest with a high score of 30 out of 38 marks.
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