AIL currently has 43 Learning Centers and one of its goals is to for each center to have its own library. The Peer Herat Disabled Center just opened its own library which will benefit the 30 disabled people who live there and the 3 staff. At the library opening ceremony the center manager said, " This library has opened because of the support of Dr. Yacobbi, the mother of education in Afganistan. The library is now complete and available to all which is a great help in their education."
AIL Herat Main Office already has a library but new plans are in place to expand the library with more shelving, a TV, books and desks. The library has between 800 and 900 books now and this resource is used by office staff and staff from AIL centers, the Legal Clinic, health clinics as well as anyone attending a workshop or seminar at the office location. The office library has books on many topics including, social sciences, health, science, economics, English, computer networks, IT, history, literature, Encyclopedias, psychology, leadership, democracy, justice, law, children’s rights, management and the environment. The new purchases will both add to and expand the range of subject matter available. Members of the public needing to use a library are directed to the AIL supported library at The Citadel historic site in Herat which has a larger range of books.
Please read the attached CHI 2015 Newsletter featuring AIL for information on activities last year. Thanks for your continued interest.
Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena
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All the AIL Learning Centers aspire to have a library to help their students with their studies. The centers are creative in their use of the books and library they have. The students at M. center created a timetable for book usage so everyone has the opportunity to read. They manage the timetable according to student free time between classes. As well as alternating use of the books the students who have studied a particular book will tell their class mates about the book and give a presentation on the main ideas. M center is preparing to do an update of its library. They are fortunate to have a large number of books, all of which are well used.
At the Y center students have been creative too, and set up a book reading program last month. They chose certain books and began studying with a competition to see who would get through the book the fastest and be able to explain to the class the main ideas in the book. The benefits are two-fold, gaining knowledge and for some reading English and gaining confidence in explaining ideas and giving opinions to others.
One student said, "I feel great physically and mentally and see changes in myself since attending the literacy class at the AIL Learning Center in the last two months. I used to stay home all day and complain about families. My life was so boring, but since I came to this center, I have gained new ideas and inspiration about myself. I like reading books and am getting better at reading. I thank AIL for changing my life.”
Thanks for your continued interest in the promotion of reading.
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AIL’s most recent magazine – a 36 page glossy print run of 1,000 copies, continues to be passed from person to person. Originally, the copies were delivered to government and non governmental organizations, including private and public schools, AIL Learning Centers, local offices including AIL office in Kabul, ministries, the Department of Women’s Affairs, Department of Culture and Information, the Human Rights Commission, social activist offices and clinics. This shows the breadth of the readership of the magazine. This breadth of readers is also reflected in the content of each edition which have many varied topics from news to art to self help and education.
AIL is promoting literacy and educating people through its magazines, book publishing and library support. In June, there were 320 visitors to the AIL supported library at The Citadel in Herat. 120 of these visitors were female and 153 were students with the remaining 65 being visitors to the larger historic complex. Incidentally, AIL also has a Learning Center at the Citadel which provides classes in traditional Afghan crafts such as, glass blowing, tile making, calligraphy and miniature painting.
Thank you for your interest in literacy in Afghanistan.
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.
AIL continues to promote reading through support for libraries, setting up libraries and publishing books and magazines. In January, AIL published another edition of its magazine which included a variety of topics. There were articles on: health and Islam, living a long life, Ebola, Vitamin K, biography of Dr. Yacoobi, Conference on Love and Forgiveness, mobile phone technology, politeness, humanity and civility, AIL activities in Kabul and Herat, AIL trainers visit to India, life of Gohar Shad Begum, 9th century art, Radio Meraj,story and poems and readers’ letters, teaching methods, psychology and puzzles.
You can see there is something for almost everyone in the magazine. AIL aims to introduce people to information, ideas and new ways of thinking which they may not have come across before. The magazine is also a way to get people help with problems by giving them information and resources to go to.
Thank you for your support for the promotion of literacy in Afghanistan.
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