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

Computing skills remain in high demand in Afghan society and so students want to acquire these skills at AIL Learning Centers. AIL regularly receives requests from centers to start their own computer class and staff do their best to provide the necessary equipment and trained teachers. The AIL course that combines English and Computers remains in high demand. In Kabul there are two centers running a 6 month course: the first has 30 students all females ages 10-19, the second center has 62 students (30 female).

One student studying computing had this to say: “I am studying computer programs and already have passed several with the help of my teachers and my hard work. Before I was referred to the center, I had the biggest disappointment with computing. This center is being supported by the people of the area which is good for the center and the people of the community. Though there is a governmental school too, when I found out about this center, I immediately went and enrolled myself there and started studying computer programs and English together with my computer class. I believe it was the biggest opportunity and change in my life since attending AIL classes. I spoke with my family and I am going to teach at this center soon and not only be able to continue my studies, but also I will be able to be supported financially.”

Girls need to be computer literate in this modern 21st century world. This skill will help them in daily life, open the wider world to them through the internet and help them get jobs. Of course, all the adolescent girls enjoy the computer class!

Thanks for your interest and support for Afghan girls.

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Students in an AIL Learning Center
Students in an AIL Learning Center

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So far in 2015, AIL Learning Centers have educated over 5,700 adolecent girls! The girls have taken part in clases ranging from literacy to English, science and math, comptuers, sewing and more. In addition, every students learns informaiton related to living a healthy life, human rights and democracy. Many Afghan girls missed out on the opportunity to attend school when they were young, and AIL is helping the girls to get the education they need to be full members of the communities where they live. Your donation will help AIL to continue educating adolescent women and girls!

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One of AIL’s focus age groups is adolescent girls.  AIL reaches them and improves their lives and prospects through its educational offerings, in depth training and health program.

AIL runs a comprehensive Health Program that encompasses health treatment, health education and health training. The workshop program is very popular and in 2014 AIL provided 11 Reproductive Health Workshops for 390 women. These women learned about their bodies, pregnancy and birth and newborn care. They are now much better equipped to care for themselves as they go through life. Many younger women have babies early in life so having access to this knowledge early is very important. The workshop participants vary in age and background, sometimes there are a few under the age of 20 other times as many as three quarters of the group are under the age of 20. Even if it is their mother who attends a workshop, an adolescent girl still benefits from the knowledge the mother brings home and shares with her daughter and the changed behavior in the household. All of this improves that girl’s chance of a healthy life and safe child bearing years.

AIL also provides 3 hour Expectant Mother Workshops (EM) which are another quick and easy way for women to learn what they need to know. In 2014, AIL gave 15 EM Workshops for 380 women (190  pregnant) and remarkably all of the 137 births recorded so far were at clinics rather than a risky home birth situation. In the four years this program has been running only one recorded birth occurred at home out of 439 births. AIL is helping to create an attitude that clinic based birth is an accepted new norm in  society. In addition to its focused workshops, AIL has provided thousands of women with reproductive health education through the AIL clinics and Community Health Workers posts. Many of the females who attend these talks are adolescent girls mothers of adolescent girls.

Thank you for your interest in Afghan women’s health issues in Afghanistan.

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Afghan females are the ones who got left behind and suffered most in the decades of strife experienced by Afghanistan. Now they are catching up and more than that excelling! AIL has over 25,000 students in its Learning Centers (LCs) each year. The women and girls study academic subjects, income generating skills and make friends and form social networks.

Computers are hugely important in the job world in Afghanistan as computing skills are highly desirable to employers. Young girl students are aware of this fact and are also fascinated by computers. Adolescent girls are keen to acquire these skills and they do well in computer classes that teach Word, Excel and Windows.

These classes change lives as one student said,” For poor people in our country AIL is the seashore at the time of a shipwreck and as a poet said, you should take the hand of a falling person when you stand on your feet. In this situation AIL is a boat for the generation of youth and we will never forget their help.”

Many of AIL’s centers offer computing classes and as an example, in September, in Herat Province there were 346 female students studying computing at LCs. There is also a special English and Computing 6 month course offered at a few centers. The latter course is especially popular as it combines two highly regarded skills and makes navigating the internet that much easier.

Thanks for your support. We have included Creating Hope International’s 2014 newsletter which contains information on AIL’s work. We hope you will take a few minutes to read it.


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What is it really like being an AIL student? How does it transform lives? We wanted to hear students’ opinions and thought you would too, so we sent out an interviewer to gather some stories. Here are two perspectives:

My name is Zahra and I am a computer class student in AIL.

Question: How old are you?

Answer: I am  14 years old.

Question:  How long have you been taking the computer class at AIL and what do you think about it?

Answer: I have been attending the class for about 6 months. Everything that we need is prepared.  The teacher is kind and comes to class with a happy face.  She teaches all the computing skills to us. The students love the class and are interested to learn.  I think the class is successfully run. It has positive impact on the life of each student. AIL rescues children like me from a dark future by having these classes.  We are all happy about the class. 

Question: How has computer class changed your life?

Answer:  The class has brought great changes in my own life. I can feel the changes. I learned about the computer’s benefits and I told my family about them. I am able to solve most of my problems with my computer.  I solve the mathematical problems and earn much success. Also I am connected to the outside world by the internet. It has impacted my social communication in society as now I know many more people.  I promised to teach all these things that I learned to my friends. 

 

My name is Sarah and I am eighteen years old.

Question: Would you please tell us something about your past?

Answer: I was born into a poor family, where we were living in poverty and I was deprived of getting an education. Now I am enrolled in sewing class where I am being trained, while other girls of my age are going to school and they are in 12th grade. Since I have been suffering from joblessness and illiteracy, I asked my father to let me participate in this sewing class to improve myself so I can become a vital member of the family and for my children in the future.

Question: What do you think of your course?

Answer: There are a lot of great things being done in this AIL learning center and our teacher is really successful at executing the entire program practically. He makes us to do the assignments so that we expand our mental and physical abilities.

Question: What kinds of changes can you observe since you have been coming to this course?

Answer: I have learned a great deal of things since the first day I came to this center for instance: cutting clothes, making blouses and other clothes and many other things which are related to this. I am seeing some positive changes in myself. I want to thank the AIL center for providing us with such great classes where we can improve the level of our knowledge and become a positive member of the society.

Thank you for your support of this project.

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