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

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AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give refugee and Internally Displaced Persons the opportunity to learn many subjects. They often start out with tailoring/sewing and Fast Track Literacy classes, then as their confidence grows they take on new challenges. One of the most popular classes offered is tailoring because these refugee women need to earn money.  So far in 2018, 1,054 females (491 adolescents) are studying tailoring in 31 Herat LCs.

AIL tailoring students are grateful to be able to learn a useful skill which they will use to make clothing for their families, saving money and to earn money as a small business.  Some students are able to fast track through tailoring class and become excellent tailors very quickly. They gain a skill but also a sense of accomplishment in completing the course and now being able to contribute to the economic situation of the family by starting a small home business. 

Amena comes from a very poor refugee family she has this to say, “I have lived in a very hard situation my whole my life. My father is the only one who earns money for our family and only enough for food. I have no older brother to help my father and I have four sisters. I felt hopeless before joining the free tailoring class at the AIL center. After only a few classes I learned lots of tailoring skills and started to sew clothes for my sisters. Now I am able to sew every type of clothing. I have my own tailoring business and earn money. I am very happy about it and that I can help my father with the expenses of our daily life. I proved that there isn't any difference between boys and girls if the way is paved for them to improve themselves. Thanks to AIL who changed my dark life and the lives of thousands of people like me." 

Learning an income generating skill helps with family finances but also raises women’s self- esteem and their standing within the family. Husbands appreciate their wives ability to learn new skills even at an older age and are now seen as able to help with the family economics. 

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Herat’s 30 Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn many subjects. One of the most popular is literacy.  So far in 2018, 3,335 students are studying literacy in Herat (2,190 are female).

One center reported that, “One of our Literacy Class graduates started her own literacy class in her home. A number of neighborhood illiterate girls joined the class and she teaches them what she learned doing the course at the center. She is very happy in her new life as a teacher. She said it is the result of the efforts of those who taught her and Dr. Yacoobi and AIL for founding centers that provide such opportunity to people. “I was able to help myself and now can teach others to read and write. I am learning more and study to a higher level so I can help others do the same.” 

Learning to read is life changing for women as it helps them with daily tasks and social interaction as well as improving their self- esteem and their standing in the family and with their husbands. It is the gateway skill that leads to learning in other subjects and the development of the capacity to maintain a small income generating business. 

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AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Herat’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn, to increase their capacity and to network with other women. In 2017, 19,299 students (12,731 female) attended 6 month courses at 27 LCs (17 rural) in Herat locations.  We expect 2018 to be as busy and productive a year for these centers.

A new center in Herat just opened. The village asked AIL to set up an LC to help improve education levels of women and girls and support school children who need help in certain subjects. There is also a need for sewing skills training and this will encourage women to take part in economic activity.

Five sewing machines were bought for this new center as well as a sewing table. These classes will also teach human rights awareness, morals and social values, health and democracy. The center will also be a social entity and friendships gained there will help the women deal with problems in village or family life.

Many centers have libraries making books available for study. Here is a story from one of the LC libraries, “I am a student of English at an AIL Learning center. I am a school girl as well. My teachers at school gave me projects to search for. Fortunately I find lots of good books in the library at the AIL center which I can use as references. I study in this library and borrow some books to work on my projects. I also help my classmates to study and search on their projects. I am recommending my friends use this library.” 

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AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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As the year draws to a close we reflect on what we have done and how this has changed lives for the better. Herat’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and capacity. So far in 2017, 19,299 students (12,731 female) have attended 6 month courses at 27 LCs (17 rural) in Herat locations.

Stories are the best way for us to show how you help poor Afghans improve their lives and communities.My name is Sughra.   Since I was born, my country, Afghanistan, has been at war. For several years I was a refugee with my family in Iran.  When we returned, we went to live in Herat because our village in the mountains had been destroyed.  I was not active in this new place and I was very depressed.  When I faced problems, I could not solve them.  It was very frustrating.

Then, one day, everything changed for me! I was invited to go to a leadership workshop led by the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).  I learned about many ways to be a leader—in my home, family, community and nation.  I had never thought of myself as a leader, but I had learned that anyone could be a leader, and I began to change. My family and friends saw changes in my behavior and ideas and soon I became a trusted member of my community. 

I decided that I needed to do something more so I went back to my family village, and I opened a Learning Center for women and children in my home province in the central mountains of Afghanistan.  I then asked for support for salaries for our teachers from AIL, and they came and saw what I was doing and supported me.  Since then AIL has trained me to hold leadership workshops, and now I am training others in my province to be leaders.”

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Herat’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and capacity. They can use these skills to improve their family life and to take a more active role in their communities. Women attend 6 month courses in literacy, math, sewing and many other topics including English and computers.  So far in 2017, 19,299 students (12,731 female) have attended 6 month courses at 27 LCs (17 rural) in Herat locations.

Some LCs have preschool classes so women can bring their young children to a place where they get quality preschool education. AIL is an innovator in this field being among the first to offer this type of education. In Herat, there are 18 preschool classes operating, with 8 teachers and 457 students (241 female). The children study around 15 different subjects including alphabet, Dari, English, math, health, colors, stories, drawing, sport, music, card playing and connecting with nature. This education prepares the children for school so they are able to excel in kindergarten and beyond. Preschool also helps women by giving their children a good start in education improving the family situation and some women take the opportunity to take classes themselves at the center. One mother said, “The preschool really helped my child and our family. Thank you AIL."

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Afghan Institute of Learning

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