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AIL has always had a focus on educating adolescent girls. They are the generation that will change the country in the coming decades. We provide education classes in our Learning Centers, which are attended by girls who are in school and want to catch up with their peer group, and also by girls who have never had any formal education.
The new restrictions imposed on education by the Emirate have necessitated the segregation of girls and boys and some schools are still not open to girls. We have refocused our Learning Centers to providing post 6th grade education classes for these adolescent girls so they do not lose ground in their education journey. In 2021, AIL educated 8,346 adolescent girls in its centers.
We run a special Leadership Class in one school and have increased the student number from 30 to 50, half of whom are girls. We also have a successful Youth Club which is 100 strong and as per new requirements is now running segregated programs for girls and boys. We teach peace, leadership and gender equality to both. The girls thrive on the study, debate and activism around the subjects that the club works on.
Reaching adolescent girls with healthcare and most importantly health education remains a lynchpin of AIL’s mission. Healthy children can learn and girls who understand about health and their bodies can make better decisions and healthier choices. The centers give out health messages to all students such as in the context of a literacy class.
AIL Outreach 2021: 23,905 students, 18,132 PPE distributed, 6 health clinics, 50-bed Covid-19 hospital, 95,593 patient treatments, 59,888 health education, 13,050 food aid families served, 22 radio broadcasts daily, 8 hours of TV programs, 12 provinces reached.
AIL will continue to educate girls no matter what it takes, adapting its programming whatever the circumstances. Your support makes all the difference! Thank you.