Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena
AIL developed its Learning Center program many years ago and the approach has proven effective in educating women of all ages. So far in 2015, 11,022 women in the Herat area have attended classes in varying subjects including, math, literacy, Arabic, computers and sewing. Many students have never had any formal education or very little. Here is one story of a life transformed by AIL.
Fatima was brought to the girls’ orphanage in Herat when she was about 8 years old by her relatives. Both of her parents had died and she had no brothers or sisters. She was very unhappy and devastated when she came. She went to school and, when AIL began working with the girls’ orphanage setting up a Learning Center and offering computer and tailoring classes in the afternoon, she joined them. She is now in the 8th grade and has excellent computer and tailoring skills. She works for a small NGO in Herat teaching their students tailoring and doing their computer work. They are paying her so she has begun to earn money for herself. All of this has transformed her!! She is happy, always helping the younger students with their homework and is looking forward to finishing high school, going to university and becoming a teacher.
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