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