AIL has been helping Afghan refugees in Pakistan for 17 years providing education and health care. So far in 2014, 1,699 refugees have benefited from education classes at either the AIL Learning Center or one of 3 AIL schools.
The aim of the classes is to help these people keep up with education so they do not fall too far behind their peer group. Classes are offered in English, Arabic, literacy and sewing. The sewing class gives women a marketable skill they can use to earn money. The preschool class helps the youngest be ready to start school. The class also offers education on health matters and in one month teachers talked about eye care, jaundice and malaria.
AIL provides in depth workshops as part of its comprehensive education program and the Pakistan office provided a Leadership Workshop in April for 33 students and in June for 39 students from the schools. These are 10 day events that provide an opportunity to learn about peace, respect for others, what is leadership, how to be a leader and how to listen to others, empowerment and vision among many other topics. The workshops are interactive so students are able to practice leadership and role play situations so they are more able to use these new concepts in their lives. The session started with students writing out their expectations on paper leaves and placing these on a tree symbolizing growth and the group working on something together.
Students made remarks such as “This is a new thing to me. I learned a lot about leadership, what it is and how to do it. I think all people should go to this workshop.” One of the students said that “Nowadays we and all people every hour and every second face many problems so it’s the duty of mothers not to keep things hidden from children, but to let them know about the area and environment which they live in. They should tell them about the issues and also let them know what’s happening every day in our world. I am very thankful from AIL staff, especially Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.”
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