Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women

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

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Centers put on different classes and trainings as circumstances allow and need arises. Here are a few of the new activities available at some centers from the month of January: first aid class, empowered women training, hairdressing class, seminars on time management, new advanced English classes started, women’s self-sufficiency class, encouraging students to learn more about sciences, classes on drug education, infectious diseases and hygiene and cleaning. In addition, some centers held health evaluations for students, teacher training, culture programs which included hymns, poetry, essay writing and speech presentations.

A few highlights from AIL:

AIL’s free law clinic helped ten clients and the lawyers were involved in the Women’s Empowerment Group meetings, spoke on Radio Meraj and gave  a mini workshop on responsibility, life skills and manners. They also joined a teacher training workshop for 73 women. AIL’s Research Center is working on its latest project about drug addiction and its effects on families and society.  In February, the 23rd issue of AIL’s Voice of Education magazine was published. This contains articles on science, culture, literature, health, core values, media and the arts. The 3rd Youth Club was launched in February for young people 19-25 years old. It is a one year program covering topics such as leadership, social entrepreneurship, technology, conflict resolution and life skills.  AIL provided food aid and blankets and clothing to hundreds of needy people.

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In response for the need for education for girls outside of school, AIL Learning Centers have expanded their curriculum for grades 7-12. Here are some numbers from one month at AIL Herat centers.

Classes were provided to 3,701 women and girls. Student numbers included: 747 taking Arabic, 1,215 sewing, 33 embroidery, 256 beautician, 106 preschool students, 681 literacy, 73 math, 437 English, 61 computing, 92 painting.   

Sewing is often the first class women take at a center and having achieved success in that they are open to other classes such as literacy, math and Arabic in particular. Sewing skills help women earn some income to support their families. The preschool classes give the youngest children a real advantage when they enter kindergarten and this affects their progression in education going forward through the grades. Miniature painting is a traditional Afghan craft as is embroidery both of these can be income-generating for women.

Just a few highlights from AIL:

Staff have been busy over the last few months providing trainings in teaching, leadership and reproductive health in a number of provinces including Daikundi and Bamyan, Mazir al Sharif.  TV Meraj’s education program is a great success providing lessons to girls who are unable to attend school in person. AIL has done distributions of cooked food and food parcels to needy families as well as installing a drinking water well in Khatam Anbia, Herat.

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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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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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