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Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy

by Afghan Institute of Learning Vetted since 2013 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy
Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy

Today is Giving Tuesday! $150,000 in Matching funds are available for donations made to ALL our projects on GlobalGiving.

This campaign has proportional matching which ensures all projects receive some extra funds. New recurring donations set up today (active for 4 months) get up to US $200 per donor per organization matched at 100% (on the first month's gift).

Extra! Extra! The two projects below qualify for both TODAY'S proportional match and a 50% ADDITIONAL MATCH from the Safer World Fund at GG!!  It's a Win-Win!

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Girls with Healthcare


So far in 2018, AIL has run 11 classes for 385 women. Four classes are still ongoing. AIL began 3 of the Mobile Literacy Classes in Herat Learning Centers for 105 women in August.  The women range in age from 16 to 38. Their fathers are employed in lower skilled work as farmers, manual laborers, cleaners, drivers and guards with some being policeman, soldiers and masons. These classes will finish on November 30. In the second month of the course the students practiced hundreds of messages improving their literacy skills. They also learned about health care, life skills, peace, good citizenship and clean environments. 

"Hi. I am a 17-year old girl who has suffered from staying home all day and being bored.. I had to leave school when I was 9 years old. Then my family moved to Herat and we have been here for 8 years now. I started this mobile literacy class two months ago and now I have new and interesting friends. This class is changing my life. I am so happy because I can exchange great ideas with my classmates. I learned how to use a cellphone and all its settings. Moreover, I learned to read and write properly."

In September, AIL began another Mobile Literacy Class for 35 women in one of the rural Learning Centers.  This one will finish at the end of December. 

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So far in 2018 AIL has run 7 classes for 245 women. The courses finished at the end of July.  The students remain enthusiastic about learning and are able to use their new found literacy skills in daily life. The final results are in and 229 students ended up reading at 4th grade level and 16 at 3rd grade. The percentage of students reaching 4th grade has gone up to 93%, a remarkable result! 

Here is one student’s story from month 3 of the course: "I am learning reading and writing in the Mobile Literacy Class. Before coming to this class, I could not read or write. I have 2 children and they are both in school. When they had problems with their homework they would come to me for help but I could not help them and this was painful for me. This prompted me to join the Mobile Literacy Class. After 3 months I was able to help my children as I could read and write. Our teacher taught us how to use a mobile phone and how to write messages, how to send a message to another individual and other aspects of the mobile phone. I would love to participate in other AIL courses and classes moreover, I would like to participate in school.” 

Thank you for your interest in our project. 


So far in 2018, AIL has run 7 classes for 245 women. The courses finished at the end of July.  The students all enjoyed the course and learned a lot. In the final month, students sent hundreds of messages on health, life skills and communication and practiced skills such as respect, trust, honesty. 

The health messages helped them be up to date with topics such as hygiene and preventive care. They are now comfortable with using technology, can read and write and have made new friends. All of this has improved their self- confidence and inter- personal skills. They have learned to set goals, work towards them and achieve them.  Almost all the students said they wanted to continue their education and participate in regular school. Once the final results of the classes have been computed we will report on them to you.

Here is a story: "My name Marjan and I studied in the Mobile Literacy Class. I want to explain the impact of this class on my life. I got married when I was only fourteen. My husband is fifteen years older than me. This age difference meant a lot of incompatibility between us and this got bigger day by day. My children also suffer from that conflict. We view the world from two different aspects. Once he asked me to go to the literacy class and to study. At first, I thought he was making fun of me. However, he registered my name in this class.  I have learned a comprehensive knowledge of cellphones and its settings.  I have also become aware of social and moral issues in life, through studying social and skills messages. I learn at least one important tip every day and gradually this affected my character. My relationship with my husband changed. All of my family noticed these great positive changes in me. My life is getting better and I enjoy our new life, and owe all this happiness to Dr. Sakena Yacoobi who started this Learning Center for us."   

Thank you for your interest in our project. 


AIL is working towards SDG 4:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Mobile Literacy Class is very popular, with some Learning Centers running long waiting lists. The 2018 classes are underway with 245 females enrolled in 7 classes of 35 students each. 88 of the women do not know the alphabet, 75 can read a little and 82 can read at first grade level. The class runs from April through the end of July.The class starts with the functions of a mobile phone, letters and then basic question and answer texting with the teacher.  This format encourages students to do more language practice and sustained practice outside of class time and beyond the course itself. 

A teacher had this to say, “Students practice communicating with new people and make new friends in the class.  We teach them life skills and health care with short talks and texting each day.  Students attend class to gain the ability to read and write. Some students also want to find new friends and communicate with people because they are getting tired of being at home.  Others would like to go to school after they finish this class.”


************** 100% MATCH OPPORTUNITY  20th JUNE **********

We wanted to let you know about the World Refugee Day matching bonus opportunity on 20th JUNE ONLY on our FAST TRACK EDUCATION project. Mobile Literacy is a fast track class in which students accelerate literacy learning.  We know you are interested in women’s learning and many of the women at our Learning Centers are refugees or Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

100% Match Available Wednesday 20th JUNE ONLY on  sister project

***** 1155  Fast Track Education for Afghan Women and Girls ****    

Match up to $2,500 only on the Fast Track  project per unique donor WHILE FUNDS LAST!

DONATE after 12:01am ET / 5am UK time  Wednesday 20th June


Thank you!

Special campaign running through 13th May! Donate to our project in honor of the mothers in your life, and help poor Afghans in the challenges they face.

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Mobile Literacy is hugely popular as a class and one of the most effective ways to engage people in literacy learning. It encourages students to do more language practice and sustained practice beyond the length of the course. 2017 was a successful year with 519 women and girls attending 15 classes.  New classes will be starting soon now warmer weather is starting in the country which makes it easier for students to get to class.

Here is a story showing the impact of the class:Latifa had this to say, "I am a seventeen-year-old girl. I was a student of mobile literacy class in 2017. I live in a place where fewer people pay attention to the women's education. Therefore, most of the women in our village are illiterate and are housewives. I was like them. My family did not like me to go to school although I was at the age that I must learn literacy. I was allowed to learn Arabic. The school where the mobile literacy classes were running was in the neighborhood. I wanted to attend school, and I shared that with my Arabic teacher. She was happy to hear this and said women have the right to educate themselves. She came to our house and talked with my elders. They were convinced and after few days I was registered in the mobile literacy class.

This class was a golden opportunity for me because I have learned many things. I started with the alphabet.  My level of education and knowledge has improved. I have learned about my rights and know my position in the society and in my family. I learned to find good friends. I learned to communicate with the girls of my age. I have come to believe that women can improve society and their country and women are very important because they play a role in every man's life. Right now I am attending literacy class grade 5th in AIL. And I am planning to attend regular school in one and half months when it starts. I thank Prof. Sakena Yacoobi who has made us awake and provided us this opportunity." 

Thank you for your interest in our project.   

AIL is working towards SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, MI United States
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