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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

Dear Friends, 

Literacy levels are low and reading materials are lacking in Afghanistan. AIL works to get books to all students and supports innovative efforts to tackle the literacy problem. Literacy is such a vital skill and so many need to acquire it. Creative and new ideas to help with this educational endeavor are always needed and used by AIL.  Young people are aware of the lack of literacy in their society.  This prompted some students to create a literacy app for a worldwide competition. 

AIL supports a coding course for girls at the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High Schools. There are two high schools in Kabul and two in Herat. In April, as we reported before, the Herat school won first place for Afghanistan in the girls world Technovation Challenge competition. The competition was for creating mobile phone applications. The team won with their education app teaching literacy. The all- girl team went on to compete in the semi- final round with 100 teams from around the world, but did not make it to the final six. 

“My name is Monema. I am a student at the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private High School. I am a member of the "Youth Educator" team for the world Technovation Challenge. To create our app, we needed lots of information so we selected many literacy books. We worked in a group and collected the data we needed such as pictures and sounds.

We held meetings twice a week that usually took about two hours and we worked on our tasks at home too. We shared our experience in our weekly meetings and our mentor guided us as to how to work effectively. Overall, we worked on our app day and night.

Making this application looked very difficult to us, but we did not give up! To tell the truth, in the last days when the deadline approached, we worked from 7am to 7pm without feeling weary. We made some accessory tasks to be part of the World Technovation Challenge, as well as making the app. For instance, a pitch video, a demo video, a business plan and a pitch presentation and so on. We completed all of them successfully on time with the help of our mentor.  Fortunately our efforts were not wasted and we got through to the final competition as we received the top place among 18 other teams in Afghanistan.  We competed at the world level with 100 teams from around the world, but did not make it into the 6 finalist level.” 

Thank you for your continued support. 

AIL is working towards:

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

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Updates from programs!

Girls team wins Technovation Challenge with Education App!
Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School , Herat has won first place in the girls  Technovation Challenge competition creating mobile phone applications.
The 5 girl team beat 36 other teams from Afghanistan with their education app Amozgar, that teaches literacy. Sponsored by AIL, they worked on this project for 3 months creating an app with the alphabet with audio and words and sentences.  Their message, “With Amozgar we change homes into schools.”
The team and their app now move on to the semi- final round of judging with 100 teams from around the world. Six finalists will be picked from this round to compete for the final prize.

Radio Meraj wins more Top Awards in Media in Western Afghanistan!
The Afghanistan Institute for Research and Studies held a contest for 161 media outlets. Meraj was permitted to enter 3 categories and won all 3!  Meraj won best news package, best analysis and speakers, and best innovative programming. In addition, a photographer working with AIL won the best photography prize for one of his AIL photographs.
The competition attracted media outlets from all over the western zone including the well- known stations that have been operating for decades. Meraj’s success is remarkable in that it has been in operation for only two years yet won awards usually associated with stations of 5 plus years of experience. It won the most awards among all the existing media.
Radio Meraj is many years ahead of its strategic plan and has gained popular and professional credibility and success making it one of the top three Herat stations.   The station operates 20 hours a day reaching 9 out of the 15 districts of Herat.

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Dear Friends,

We are delighted to let you know that an AIL project has been selected as one of only six projects in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund! The project is 921 Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women. This project will receive one sixth of the donations made during the rest of this year to this special fund!

We would not have been selected for this opportunity without the support we received in the month of March from many donors such as yourselves. Great team effort! Thank you!

Project Update

The AIL education program continues to expand. There are 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat. So far in 2017, 14,376 students (including 9,549 females) have participated in Learning Center education.

These centers offer a diverse range of subjects (though not at every center) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing, carpet weaving, computers and chemistry. All the centers seek to provide a diversity of reading matter for their students and centers set up and maintain small libraries if they can. Many Afghan homes have few books so these libraries are particularly important. AIL also publishes a magazine “The Voice of Education” which contains varied reading content so as to appeal to all ages of readers.

Here is the story of one student, “My name is Adela, I am a student in the literacy and sewing classes. When I first enrolled in this LC, I could not read or write. I was illiterate. Now, I can read and write and help my son with his studies. My only wish was to become literate. I am so happy and thankful for the entire team in AIL.”

Thank you for your support and continued interest in our project.

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AIL supports the Gowhar Shad Library in Herat. This has become a popular and useful resource for people including high school and university students. In 2016, there were 6147 visitors, 3691 female. Here is one story from the librarian:

“On Monday, I opened the library signed the attendance book and arranged the chairs, tables and books. As I sat down behind my desk a  girl entered  the library. She said her name was  Donya from Qazni province and she was in her last year of college. She need to complete a thesis. She needed a safe place to stay for a few days and books from the library. She was researching the period of the Temorian Emperor in Herat.  I guided her to Hotel Nazary to stay and helped her with all the books that she needed. She was able to finish her work after a few days and returned home.

By the end of the year she submitted her thesis and she got the highest score. She called to let us know how happy she was and thankful for our help which made all the difference.

We are very happy and want to help more Afghan girls who are eager to  gain knowledge and need  books. We have books available for them no matter their circumstances. Our job is to help everyone in Afghanistan who needs books and at our library they are all welcome.”

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AIL received 1,000 songbooks and 200 teacher guides which have been distributed. The books went to kindergarten teachers and students, other teachers and students at the Yacoobi Private High School. AIL has 43 Learning Centers and centers in Herat received 700 books while centers in Kabul got 300 books. The students ranged in age from 5 to 10 years old who were in grades K to 3. 150 teacher guides went to Herat and 50 to Kabul. Teachers received  instructions in how to use the books and had the use of audio equipment.

The children enjoyed the books and practiced reciting the poems with each other. The material was all traditional Afghan verse set in colorful pages. People in Afghanistan are not so used to buying books so receiving a gift like this is a happy event for a child. One child said, “I like this book and the pictures. I like reading out loud what it says.”

Thank you for your support as we work to improve access to literary material for all Afghans.

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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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