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

Special Opportunity to increase the impact of your year end gift!

The two projects below receive 50% Match from Safer World Fund so your gift will be worth 50% more.

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

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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1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

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

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Exciting Opportunity!

We are competing today for a share of a $50,000 bonus fund. The more we raise from you by midnight ET the larger the share of the pot we will get.

There is MORE! The two projects below ALSO receive 50% Match from Safer World Fund so your gift will be worth 50% more and then a percent more than that from Bonus Day.

Can you help?

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Newsflash: Dr. Yacoobi  is one of BBC 100 Women 2017! 

Herat’s Learning Centers (LCs) play a crucial role in providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged women in small communities. So far in 2017, 18,737 students (12,319 female) have attended 6 month courses at 28 LCs in Herat locations. In addition to regular classes in academics, sewing and other subjects all students at LCs are taught fundamental life skills such as health information, peace education and leadership.

Leadership is essential to every society. If there are no leaders then there is no government which leads to insecurity and chaos. Economic, political and educational and cultural activities decline.  Leadership skills training whether in regular classroom setting or in special intensive workshop formats have always been part of AIL’s programming.  The training builds the capacity of the youth and women and girls especially. They learn how to voice their opinions and take a leadership role. Sessions start with explanations of what a leader is, the difference between leadership and management and how to build self confidence in leadership. Communication skills, knowledge of social justice, politics and democracy are all covered.

One student said, “I learned that everyone can be a leader. I learned how to express myself and treat other people who are competing with me. I gained self- confidence. Leadership concerns influencing others and helping them be more capable so they can handle conflicts. I will be able to use these skills in my life.”

In 2017 in the Herat area AIL has provided 86 people (50 female) with Leadership Workshops adding to the leadership skills knowledge they gained in LC classes.

Thank you for your continued interest.

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

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Dear Friends,

Herat’s rural Learning Centers (LCs) play a crucial role in providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged women in small communities. So far in 2017, 8,000 students are attending 16 LCs in rural Herat locations including 5,351 females.

As an example, one rural center had the following classes during one month. This center has 563 students (530 female). There are 227 students studying Arabic (208 female), 88 females doing sewing and 175 (164 female) in literacy classes and 73 females in embroidery class.  The students also learn about health, peace, democracy and any current topics of interest that the teachers wish to address in class.

The manager reported last month, “As the number of applicants is increasing we are looking at having more classes. The students are mainly young girls most of them want to learn sewing and to become literate so they are applying for those classes most often.”

Thank you for your continued interest.

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

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Updates from programs!

Girls team wins Technovation Challenge with Education App!
Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School , Herat has won first place in the girls  Technovation Challenge competition creating mobile phone applications.
The 5 girl team beat 36 other teams from Afghanistan with their education app Amozgar, that teaches literacy. Sponsored by AIL, they worked on this project for 3 months creating an app with the alphabet with audio and words and sentences.  Their message, “With Amozgar we change homes into schools.”
The team and their app now move on to the semi- final round of judging with 100 teams from around the world. Six finalists will be picked from this round to compete for the final prize.

Radio Meraj wins more Top Awards in Media in Western Afghanistan!
The Afghanistan Institute for Research and Studies held a contest for 161 media outlets. Meraj was permitted to enter 3 categories and won all 3!  Meraj won best news package, best analysis and speakers, and best innovative programming. In addition, a photographer working with AIL won the best photography prize for one of his AIL photographs.
The competition attracted media outlets from all over the western zone including the well- known stations that have been operating for decades. Meraj’s success is remarkable in that it has been in operation for only two years yet won awards usually associated with stations of 5 plus years of experience. It won the most awards among all the existing media.
Radio Meraj is many years ahead of its strategic plan and has gained popular and professional credibility and success making it one of the top three Herat stations.   The station operates 20 hours a day reaching 9 out of the 15 districts of Herat.

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Sakena Yacoobi
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