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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Your support will help AIL to continue opening libraries in our Learning Centers and offices. Recently, one of the Learning Center managers reported that they now have over 500 books in their library, and are now issuing library cards to students! The students are so excited to be able to check out books to take home and read. Your support will help other Learning Center libraries to start lending programs as well.
Please help by donating to our project today, May 13th. Thank you.
Providing reading material is a way to help with the spread of literacy in Afghanistan. AIL supports and runs small libraries, publishes books and magazines and receives donations of books. In 2014, AIL published one copy of its magazine “The Voice of Education”. Each issue is eagerly anticipated and read widely by many people. The magazine covers many topics from education to society, history and more.
AIL Learning Centers (LCs) continue to build their own libraries. One center in Herat Province reported the addition of 430 books at the end of the year donated by parents of students. Another center had 350 come into their collection in November and December. The new books are useful and contain information on many issues. Students and other members of the public come into the library in their free time and read for enjoyment or to answer a question or a problem. Students are learning how to research issues in books and are very thankful to the AIL staff for the provision of the library at the center. AIL even has a library started at its LC in a women’s prison!
Thank you for your support for this AIL project.
One of AIL’s primary goals is to raise the level of education across Afghanistan. Improving the rate of literacy is one of the stepping stones to that goal. An educated people is the key to a self- supporting country. Literacy is elemental to education and can be attained at any age. AIL staff are always encouraging people no matter their age to attend a literacy class.
Reading materials are needed for literacy development. The Citadel Library in Herat, which AIL supports, continues to attract people with visitor numbers of around 170-200 each month. AIL’s Calligraphy Class at the Citadel has 23 male students who are learning this ancient Afghan art. AIL continues to add to its own library in its office in Herat and aims to enlarge the subject matter collection so that people have a resource, whatever the topic they are interested in. AIL also seeks donations where possible and recently 300 songbooks ( Awsana se Sana) were sent to its Kabul Office along with over 800 teachers guides.
Thank you for your interest in literacy in Afghanistan. More information on AIL’s work is included in the latest Creating Hope International’s newsletter which is attached.
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