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) offer a variety of classes. One of the most popular classes offered is tailoring because women need a means to reduce household expenses and to earn money. They learn to make clothes for their own needs and can set up a small business.  So far in 2018, 2,108 females have studied tailoring in Herat LCs and 851 in LCs in Kabul and other provinces. Many students go on to start small home businesses doing mending and making clothes for neighbors or even setting up stalls in their local market.

Halima is a graduate of the sewing class. "I am a young girl. My family are very poor. My father is the only one earning money for the family. But now with my sewing skills I can make clothes for our family. I can also earn money sewing for other people. I can help my father with household expenses. My life has come out of darkness because of AIL and the sewing class.”

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So far in 2018 AIL has run 7 Mobile Literacy Classes for 245 women. These classes are popular with rural women who have limited time to devote to education and often have travel issues affecting their ability to get to a center. The  4 month long courses finished at the end of July.  The students remain enthusiastic about learning and are able to use their new found literacy skills in daily life. At the end of the courses, 229 students ended up reading at 4th grade level and 16 at 3rd grade. The percentage of students reaching 4th grade has gone up to 93%, a remarkable result!

Here is one student’s story from month 3 of the course: "I am learning reading and writing in the Mobile Literacy Class. Before coming to this class, I could not read or write. I have 2 children and they are both in school. When they had problems with their homework they would come to me for help but I could not help them and this was painful for me. This prompted me to join the Mobile Literacy Class. After 3 months I was able to help my children as I could read and write. Our teacher taught us how to use a mobile phone and how to write messages, how to send a message to another individual and other aspects of the mobile phone. I would love to participate in other AIL courses and classes moreover, I would like to participate in school.” 

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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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1073 Save Afghan Women and Children with Health care

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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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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States
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