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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