Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning
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Dear Friends,

When a community asks for AIL to set up a Learning Center (LC) it is a requirement that the community are supportive of the idea both theoretically and practically. Centers only request what they want and can sustain and many have a high proportion of adolescent girls. Only with community involvement will these poorly educated or illiterate adolescent girls be able to achieve success in learning new skills. Here is the story of how one community supported its center and its women in 2016.

“One of the local people who lives near the center is called Khalil. He has helped the center a lot. The center did not have a telephone line and we had internet problems so Khalil voluntarily gave his house phone line to the center and helped by holding internet classes and seminars and these continue today. Another man named Naser who has a house on the same road has helped too. He offered to put the course’s advertisement board on the roof of his home because it would be seen more easily. The board is still there today. One of the other neighbors allowed the center to use his house's wall as a board and to advertise its programs. Other families gifted useful informative books in Arabic to help students learn the language.    

Herat's Education Department cooperated with the center and provided the opportunity for the center to introduce its programs to the girls' high schools. From the other side of things 4 high schools assisted the center in showing its activities.”      

This is truly a community effort! This operational approach is how AIL and the communities create sustainable opportunity for poor adolescent girls. In 2016, 16,197 females attended LCs under AIL management in Herat and Kabul Province and Peshawar, Pakistan.  To give you a snapshot view: in Herat Province in December there were 4,021 adolescent girls in varied classes including 431 sewing, 6 carpet weaving, 68 embroidery, 745 Arabic, 58 physics, 24 beautician, 262 math, 1,023 literacy, 832 English.

See our year end newsletter. Thank you for being part of the support for these centers and the women who rely on them.


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AIL offers women and girls various courses at its Learning Centers (LCs)  to expand their skills and help them contribute more to their families and communities. These women gain knowledge that improves their lives and that of their families. One of the most popular skills to learn is sewing and currently there are 782 students in sewing classes in Herat. 

Upon completion of a sewing class, students can sew any kind of garment. They can make their own clothes as well as set up a small business making clothes for other people. This helps them become self- supporting and improves the economic situation of their families. As important, is the fact that these women gain self-confidence and see themselves as valuable and able to contribute to society. This sort of skills learning and change in mindset is a success for any LC.  

 One of students shares her success:“My name is Gul Nisa, I am one of the sewing class students. I learned sewing through AIL’s Learning Center. Today, I can sew dresses for my neighborhood and earn money. I never thought that one day I will be self-dependent and able to help my family. I want to thank AIL for making my dream come true and I hope many future successes for them.” 

A bright and hopeful future for women Afghanistan! Thank you for your continued support of AIL programs. 

Dear Friends,

AIL’s successful Learning Center program helps thousands of women each year. In Herat there are 26 Learning Centers which served 12,546 people in the last six months. This number includes 7,994 women and girls. 9 of the centers are urban and 17 are rural. Most centers are co-ed but there are 3 which serve only females. AIL also has 13 centers in Kabul and other provinces serving 1,307 females including at 6 female only centers.

One of the Herat female only centers is at an orphanage. There are approximately 150 girls (numbers fluctuate as girls age out and new ones arrive) being cared for in the orphanage. Each day AIL staff make sure that the 90 girls who are of age, go to school, and when they return to the orphanage they are offered tutoring. There are cooks who ensure that each girl is given healthy, nutritious food to eat.  Health care is also provided to the girls and health education.

The girls have the opportunity to attend classes offered by AIL after their school day. There are 9 classes taught by 4 AIL teachers at the orphanage. The classes  include Arabic, sewing, computer and English. Twice a year each girl is supplied with cloth and is taught how to make a pattern and sew the cloth into clothing, giving her a skill, which she can use to help earn an income when she leaves the orphanage  and goes out into the world as a young woman. AIL wants every orphan to go out into workplace empowered by self confidence and with skills, especially in literacy and sewing which will help her find work.

Habiba, a young girl that has been raised by the orphanage since she was five years old. In ten years of life she has faced many challenges in her past. She was born into a poor family of 5 members. Her father was killed on a road side bombing when she was 2 years old, and her mother and three of her siblings were working to pay for their livelihood.  To add to her devastation, Habiba’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed as well. Shortly after, her older sister married and Habiba and her brother were brought to the orphanage due to the financial constraints of staying with relatives. At the orphanage she is living like other children having nutritious food, someone to look after her, friends to play with, clothing to wear and a school to learn and grow. Currently a 4th class student, Habiba’s intelligence is evident in her interest in learning computer skills. When we asked her what she thinks about the computer, she answered us in this way: "Computer was a new thing for me and I didn't know it before I saw it the first time. I knew nothing about the keys, the hardware and the software and how to use it. From the day I started, it was amazing for me and I can do many things with it. I can paint, draw, write, read, count and do many things. During the sessions I learned many things and I am not that girl of years ago. I wish I can be an elite student and then an elite person in this country and change the destiny of children like myself. I am going to achieve all my goals by studying and critical thinking. Today my dreams are coming true at AIL orphanage. I am going to change my life."    

Your support makes a difference in the lives of girls like Habiba. Thank you.

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The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat.  A diverse range of subjects are offered (though not at every center) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing and computers. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females many of them adolescent girls) participated in Learning Center education. There are 150 females in 4 month long mobile literacy classes.  This educational opportunity can be life changing for young girls. One center reported that, " Twelve students from the  literacy class were promoted from their class in April. They passed the exams and were able to enroll governmental school. All of them were illiterate at the time of beginning their studies in our center. They are very happy about getting into the school. All them promised to continue their education and will get higher degrees.  They are honored that they began  their studies at this center. They thanked for AIL staff who prepared the way for them to succeed."

 

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Dear Friends, 

When a student walks in the door of an AIL Learning Center it can be a path to changing her life and the prospects for her whole family. Learning computing can change a life. Here is a story from one center:

“Zahra, a student from one of the Herat Learning Centers achieved first place in a competition between about 100 persons who applied for a job as an employee for an organization. Zahra completed the English and Computer learning program at the center. She was usually the best in her classes and got top marks. We are very happy about her that she is a successful person and can help her family. Her family are illiterate people who are living in a poor economic situation. The salary of Zahra will help them to have a better life. She is thankful for the AIL learning center that created changes in her life.”

AIL helps students at all levels of aspiration. Those who want to read and write do so, then some want more and take math class. Others start off wanting to learn a skill to earn money such as sewing. Some then go further wanting to learn English and computing which gives them real advantage in the workplace. AIL always seeks to adapt to changing needs and incorporate modern subjects into curriculums if it is requested. AIL also creates different pathways so if students are ready for a fast track approach the opportunity to move quickly is there and they can take the option to broaden the subjects they are studying.

Thank you for your support.

 

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, MI Afghanistan

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