Jump-Start Learning for Afghan Children

by Afghan Institute of Learning

We are pleased to inform you that the Preschool Education Program of the Afghan Institute of Learning is doing very well. Through fees, the Preschool Education Program in Kabul covers about 80% of its costs.   We have found additional funding for the Kabul program, and programs in other AIL Learning Centers are funded from other sources, and for that reason, we are closing this project on GlobalGiving.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this project.  Should you be inclined to continue to support the Afghan Institute of Learning, there are several other projects on the Global Giving site that support health and education of Afghan women and children and we welcome you to take some time and review each of their descriptions.  One of our most popular projects is #1155, Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls.  Your past kindness and generosity is so appreciated.  Thank you.

Since 1995, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been helping Afghans lift themselves above the devastation of war by providing education, training, health care, and health education.  AIL’s approach is to interlink health and education programs, like building blocks that together form a whole structure.  While delivering these basic services AIL has also been able to promote critical thinking skills and model and teach human rights, women’s rights, peace, democracy, and leadership. With new skills and information, Afghans are becoming empowered and hopeful. Through your financial support, you have been a part of these seeds of systemic change.

Through the natural progression that exists when people begin to think for themselves, AIL often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding, and forgiveness to their people in order to return to a peaceful way of life; the way of their country’s history.  Supported by Fetzer Institute,  AIL is responding to these requests by holding an International Conference on Love and Forgiveness this Spring that will be shared throughout the country and internationally via film.  This conference will focus on the study of Afghan poets and musicians, particularly the work of Mawlana (Rumi).  Participating in the conference will be poets, writers, Sufis and government representatives from all parts of Afghanistan and the world.

Joining the Conference, in person, or via film or writings, are:

  • Poet Coleman Barks; known as the pre-eminent translator of Rumi, the great 13th century poet and teacher.  Mr. Barks’ writings and translations have filled 15 books that are more popular than other renderings of these ancient words.  They make Rumi’s raptures accessible to the world beyond their creation.
  • Stephen Olsson, President of CEM Productions, has produced and directed documentary films, television series and feature news reports throughout the world for US and European broadcasters.  He also produced and directed: Afghanistan: The Fight For A Way of Life, which was broadcast throughout the world and cited by The New York Times as one of the best documentary films of the year.
  • Divine Mother Audrey Kitagawa, a former attorney, practiced in Honolulu for twenty years, and became the spiritual leader of The Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a worldwide community based in Hawaii. Divine Mother Audrey is a prolific writer on matters of spirituality and multiculturalism and serves on many global, spiritual and UN advisory boards, including as Advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

AIL invites you to join Afghans in thought and through your own study of music and poetry that brings us all closer to the peaceful world we endeavor to achieve.

The Afghan Institute of Learning’s Pre-School Education Program (PEP) is very busy working with young children to introduce them to the classroom setting and a variety of subjects.  They are taught beginning skills in Arabic, Dari, English, Math, and Health.  Upon completion of the PEP program, the children have learned to recognize letters of the alphabet, numbers, and colors.  The teachers use stories, drawing, pasting, cutting, coloring and music in their curriculum.  Within the last few months, seven additional teachers were hired for PEP.

Please keep in mind that Wednesday, March 14, 2012 is Bonus Day through GlobalGiving.  Donations up to $1,000.00 will be provided with a 30% match.  The bonus allotment is $50,000.00 and the period runs from 12:01 AM EST until the funds are exhausted.  So, if you would like your donation to go a little further with the help of GlobalGiving, give early on March 14th.  Thank you!

In 2011, more than 1200 students were attending pre-school education programs at the Afghan Institute of Learning’s PEP Centers. How wonderful that these young people are able to start learning early.

Regular meetings are held between the teachers and the parents of the pre-school children in order to  address any concerns and to review what has been learned or what a particular student may be struggling with.  The feedback from the parents is always so positive.

Thank you for supporting these young students!

As part of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s Teacher Training Program, teachers trained at Technique Seminars are followed throughout the years.  Monitoring generally takes place once per month at each learning center.  The Master Teacher Trainers observe to see that the teacher is using the methods that they were taught and that they are connecting well with the students.  Whenever, they have any concern about a teacher’s abilities or knowledge of the lessons, they set up a mini-workshop to cover any subject matter that is a concern.  In August, there were two of these workshops held for the Kindergarten teachers.  The subjects they covered included health (environment and hygiene) and literacy.  The teachers are always thankful for the training and continue to ask for more.  


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Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
carolyn dunlap
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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Thanks to 41 donors like you, a total of $8,348 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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