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Recently, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School, Herat won an International School Award from the British Council. The awards go to schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing global citizens by embedding internationalism throughout the ethos and curriculum of the school.
The Director of the British Council, Afghanistan said: “This globally recognized accreditation helps enrich learning & improve teaching by guiding international learning activities, from introducing international education into the curriculum to embedding it within school culture.”
All the students and staff were thrilled that their schools received this honor. The scholarship recipients are doing well. They know without assistance it would not have been possible for their families to afford a quality education for them.
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CHI working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The students started a new school year in April. The scholarship recipients are very excited to attend a good school with all the appropriate uniforms and supplies. They know without assistance it would not have been possible for their families to afford a quality education for them. The photo is of some of the youngest students.
Here are comments about the two year Leadership Class at the private school. This is attended by select older students ages 12-18.The class is the sort of quality program the scholarships give poor children access to.
“It has been proven that people are influenced by their surroundings and by engagement with others who can have a big impact on them, their success, behavior and habits. The leadership program organizes meetings with successful people so that, the students get motivated through speaking with them. In the last month the students met two well- known leaders. The purpose of these meetings was to make the young leaders understand their place and create a pattern for themselves. The students introduced themselves and their programs and asked questions about the ways of reaching high positions of leadership and also the challenges that exist along the way. The students took notes and added them to their plans.”
Dr. Yacoobi joined with high level national and international delegates in the "Seville Commitment" - Supporting Localization Efforts for #SDGs. She said, “AIL has provided SDG services to the most marginalized and disadvantaged for 25 yrs. In my talk I emphasized it is essential to work with local governments and provide resources to local NGOs who are doing good work. Replicate excellent SDG focused programs so No One is Left Behind!”
A number of the private school scholarship students are part of the special two year Leadership Class which is supported by AIL. There are 30 students, 15 boys and 15 girls in the class.
In the past month, they learned about time, time management, the importance of being on time, efficient leadership, effectiveness, risk management and vision. Twice a month the students discuss current topics from the world or their lives and school. World Peace Day was discussed in December and the role of youth in peace. Students brainstormed ways to establish peace in their communities and how to improve the situation. The youth all committed to learn from the mistakes of today’s leaders and to work to improve things.
The youth went on a field trip to one of AIL’s Learning Centers, a district of Herat City. The students talked with staff and students at the center and learned about the problems faced by the community and what the LCs do to help. In the English section the students are checked weekly and have month long plans to follow. Regular evaluations are conducted and most recently it was found 95% of the youth would pass to the next level.
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CHI provides scholarships to students attending private schools in Herat and Kabul. The program also gives scholarships to students at universities in the two cities.
The university scholarships usually last between 12 and 22 months with some as long as 40 months. Currently there are 4 Herat based students (3 female) attending 4 different universities and 4 Kabul based students (2 female) at 4 universities in that city.
The Herat students are studying computer science and literature, management, economics and management and computer science. A couple of these students are also employees of the Afghan Institute of Learning. The Kabul students are studying for degrees in law and political science, law, and economics.
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