Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls

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1155 Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls

AIL’s   44 Learning Centers (LCs) are providing a full program of classes for adolescent girls in their areas.  Many girls want a fast track route to computing and other subjects. Computing is popular even at LCs that are in conflict prone zones. The interest has been high in one such area, Wardak so AIL recently purchased 2 computers for the center and gave one of the office computers to the center as well.  Computer skills are highly valued and ensure the students will be able to get jobs. The students at one center said, “We are thankful for this free computer and English class. If the center was not here we could not learn these subjects and would have to travel a long way and it would be too expensive.”

Once again, AIL supported female students from the private school in Herat are taking part in the girls only, Technovation Challenge contest. This contest is international in nature and groups of young people work in teams to develop apps to solve real world problems. Last year, the team from PSYPS gained first place in Afghanistan and entered the semi- final round with teams from all over the world.

AIL has purchased 3 PCs specifically for this year’s project and 3 staff are guiding students in their work. The team consists of 12 students and 2 mentors. The team is currently broken down into 3 smaller groups divided according to skill and interest level and age so there are 2 junior teams and 1 senior. The AIL mentors are teaching the girls how to build apps and the groups are researching a problem in society that can be addressed through an app. This class gives the girls experience in real world problem solving, critical and logical thinking, leadership, team work and computer coding. At the time of the contest they will also learn how to make an oral presentation and put together a power point slide show.

Thank you for your continued support. 

 

AIL is working towards:

SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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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. AIL’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, 23,054 students (15,474 female) have attended 6 month courses at 43 LCs mainly in Herat and Kabul locations but also in other provinces.

Stories are the best way for us to show how you help poor Afghans improve their lives and communities. Here is one of our favorites from the Leadership Workshops:We moved to a city in Dykondi Province and I worked for the government for less pay than before. My husband was a workman but did not have full time work so paying rent was hard for us.  I went to an AIL Leadership Workshop and learned about how to be a leader, advocate for myself and the importance of trust in society. This helped me have the courage to try and borrow some money to buy land so we could build a house of our own. My husband was skeptical and said, “Who will loan us money.” I talked with him and convinced him that the way to do this was to borrow from someone who trusts us. We found someone who was very kind and trusted us and gave us time to repay the loan.  Now we have our own piece of land and a house that we built and after three years I repaid all the money.”

Thank you for your continued support.  Please read the 2017 Newsletter from CHI featuring AIL.

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1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women and girls 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. Females attend 6 month courses in literacy, math, sewing and many other topics including English and computers.  So far in 2017, 23,054 students (15,474 female) have attended 6 month courses at 43 LCs mainly in Herat and Kabul locations but also in other provinces.

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. Preschool education accelerates learning in the very young preparing them for school. Adolescent girls are also impacted by this program as often their help would be needed at home to care for the young children. The preschool creates opportunity for girls to get to classes at the center. Some adolescent girls at the centers have attended preschool there before going onto to higher level classes to supplement their school learning.

 In Herat, there are 18 preschool classes operating, with 8 teachers and 457 students (241 female). In Kabul, there are two stand-alone preschools for 186 children (80 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. One mother said, “The preschool really helped my child and our family. Thank you AIL.”

Thank you for your continued support.

 

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,

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!

Learning Centers (LCs) in Kabul and Herat play a crucial role in providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged women and girls in small communities. So far in 2017, 22,203 students (14,823 females) have attended 6 month courses at 44 LCs in various 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 program.  The training builds the capacity of the youth and women and girls especially. They learn how to voice their opinions and take leadership roles. 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, AIL has provided 176 people (137 female) with Leadership Workshops adding to the leadership skills knowledge gained in LC classes. Two of the Herat workshops were specifically for youth leaders.

Thank you for your continued support.

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,

AIL promotes modern skills in its education curriculum. Many adolescent students want a fast track option so AIL offers this in some subjects such as literacy, mobile literacy and others. Girls want to learn computer use, internet skills and coding. They are interested and they know computing skills will be useful in the job market.

AIL supports a coding course for girls at the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High Schools. There are two high schools in Kabul and two in Herat. In April, as we reported before, the Herat school won first place for Afghanistan in the girls’ world Technovation Challenge competition. The competition was for creating mobile phone applications. The team won with their education app teaching literacy. The all- girl team went on to compete in the semi- final round with 100 teams from around the world, but did not make it to the final six. 

“My name is Monema. I am a student at the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private High School. I am a member of the "Youth Educator" team for the world Technovation Challenge. To create our app, we needed lots of information so we selected many literacy books. We worked in a group and collected the data we needed such as pictures and sounds.

We held meetings twice a week that usually took about two hours and we worked on our tasks at home too. We shared our experience in our weekly meetings and our mentor guided us as to how to work effectively. Overall, we worked on our app day and night.

Making this application looked very difficult to us, but we did not give up! To tell the truth, in the last days when the deadline approached, we worked from 7am to 7pm without feeling weary. We made some accessory tasks to be part of the World Technovation Challenge, as well as making the app. For instance, a pitch video, a demo video, a business plan and a pitch presentation and so on. We completed all of them successfully on time with the help of our mentor.  Fortunately our efforts were not wasted and we got through to the final competition as we received the top place among 18 other teams in Afghanistan.  We competed at the world level with 100 teams from around the world, but did not make it into the 6 finalist level.”  

Thank you for your continued support. 

AIL is working towards:

SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 

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Sakena Yacoobi
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