Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat
Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat

The centers offer a variety of subjects to the women who come for education. Here are some examples of what is on offer:

  • Some of AIL’s Learning Centers offer a 4 month long Mobile Literacy class. This is a highly effective intensive course that is run alongside a regular literacy course. Students are provided with mobile phones and are taught to use them and to text answers to questions set by teachers.  Over 85% of the students reach level 4 literacy in the four months.
  • Carpet weaving, nut weaving, embroidery are all traditional crafts. Some centers offer these classes to women. The skills they learn are sought after and they can earn income to help support their families.
  • Beautician classes are popular as women can set up a home business providing services to local people, such as hair dressing, make up and skin care.
  • Preschool classes are offered at three of the Herat centers with 202 students enrolled. Early childhood education helps children succeed in kindergarten and the primary years. The classes give them the basics of academics as wells as social skills which make the transition to school easier.
  • Modern skills such as English and computing are popular classes and graduates gain employment easily.
  • The basics such as literacy, sewing and math are often the first classes women join. These skills help them in managing their family life.
  • Education about a variety of life skills such as leadership, health, advocacy, women’s rights and core values are incorporated into the classes at centers. Women need to know how to stand up for themselves and advocate for what they need.

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Apologies - the wrong report was sent out earlier. This is the correct one to update you on Herat Centers.

Learning Centers in rural communities are a vital resource for Afghan women who have no other opportunities for education, skills training and frequently lack a social outlet. We are pleased to say that AIL has been able to open a new center in January at Zamanian in the Herat area. The center is focused on 5 areas: Languages such as English, Arabic, Turkish, German and Urdu

Sciences: math, physics, chemistry, geometry, trigonometry

Computing: office, excel, photoshop

Arts: painting, drawing, calligraphy, Afghan miniature painting

Others: literacy, university entrance exam, sewing

As with all centers the teaching includes lessons in health, hygiene, leadership, citizenship, social responsibility, democracy and human rights. Everyone learns about core values such as respect, trust, good listening, sharing and caring for others.

Another community will benefit from AIL’s proven Learning Center program, women will be empowered and lives will be changed.

The 2021 Sakena Fund annual report is attached and we hope you find it interesting. 


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In February, there were 121 computer students at Herat area Learning Centers and 377 at Kabul area centers.  The newest center at Zamanian has computing as one of its five departments.

Here are comments from one student: “I am in the computing class at the Wardak center. I am from a poor family, my father was a government employee but now he is unemployed and my mother is a housewife.  I have three small sisters, who are students. Our life is hard.

I enrolled in the computer class and fter six months, I have learned several computer programs, and got a job in a school as a computer worker. I am so happy that I can earn money and help my family through my new skill. “

 AIL also provides computing instruction through other venues including the special two  year-long Leadership Class at the private Yacoobi High Schools which has 50 students.

 In addition, the AIL Youth Club which has 105 members is going to set up an advanced computer class. The youth club provides opportunities for young  people to discuss and learn about current issues and difficulties in society and how to apply democratic values, reasoning, good citizenship and advocacy as how to be creative thinkers.

Gaining computer skills is a gateway to opportunity for young people. 

The 2021 Sakena Fund annual report is attached and we hope you find it interesting.


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AIL’s Learning Centers were examined by the Taliban and are open as they comply with gender segregation rules. As some girls are unable to access secondary education, we have instituted changes at our centers such as switching to an emphasis on post-6th grade girls education. Of course, we continue to provide income- generating skills training such as tailoring, beautician, English and computing.

One of the first classes women take at a Learning Center is sewing. This skill provides immediate financial help to a family, as the woman takes on sewing clothes for her family members. She can start up her own home sewing business, obtaining work from neighbors and friends or selling items in the market. Other students have gone on to work for clothing companies as tailors.  

This course boosts the confidence of women who often arrive at a center unable to read and write and many have never had formal education beyond a few years of primary school. The students who complete the tailoring course feel empowered to go onto other learning.

The most popular next step for many women is a literacy class. There are 699 women in sewing class in the Herat centers and 1,352 women and girls in the 7 levels of literacy classes.  There have been 8 mobile phone literacy classes for 280 women in 2021.

Quick Note:

Our Youth pioneer center is regarded as one of 10 best social foundations in Herat city. 

Why Do AIL centers work?  This from an administrator, “The centers’ personnel have a close relationship with the local community. AIL staff are invited to the elders' meetings and have been appreciated and encouraged by them. They have built a friendly relationship with the elders and the people and have made presentations about the multilateral programs to everyone, so they can direct people’s wishes and expectations.” 

AIL Outreach 2021

23,905 students, 18,132 PPE distributed, 6 health clinics, 50-bed Covid-19 hospital, 95,593 patient treatments, 59,888 health education, 13,050 food aid families served, 22 radio broadcasts daily, 8 hours of TV programs, 12 provinces reached. 

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Afghanistan has been stunned by recent developments and people are adapting as best they can, to a new situation which remains both unclear and uncertain as to the future.  AIL’s current priority is to provide urgently needed assistance to the thousands of displaced families who have flooded into Kabul and Herat. Some centers provide a staging point for aid. Our staff are all working, though offices currently are men only with women working from home. The centers are all female and await instructions from the Taliban with regard to procedures required for reopening centers to our students. Our clinics have expanded their capacity to cope with the large numbers of refugees that are in the area.

The Yacoobi private schools are open and operating under the rules that have been given such as dividing male and female. It is exam season and students are studying hard and sitting their exams as usual. It is a great credit to them and their teachers as everyone has heightened levels of fear, stress and anxiety. The private TV and Radio Meraj are not broadcasting but awaiting instructions in how to recommence and staff are creating content and archiving materials for broadcast at a later date.

We have been touched by the outreach of support and outpouring of donations to help the Afghan people. We thank you for standing by Afghanistan as it faces another humanitarian crisis on top of Covid-19 and drought. 

Herat centers update

2021 has been a busy year for AIL’s Learning Centers. The centers are a vital educational resource for many women who have missed out on schooling or wish to improve their knowledge base and learn new skills.

So far this year, Herat centers have helped 12,400 students (7,992 female including 4,149 adolescent females). There are 19 rural centers and 14 are urban. Popular subjects include: Arabic, sewing, literacy and English. Preschool classes were offered at 8 Herat centers reaching 482 students. (Recently one preschool class closed). Courses in sewing, beautician and English and computing are income generating skills which help women gain employment or start their own home business. 

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