Women & Girls Learn through Mobile Literacy

by Afghan Institute of Learning Vetted since 2013 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month

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.”

 

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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." 

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

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AIL has a full program of Mobile Literacy Classes planned for 2018. The classes are popular with students and the teachers are delighted to see the rapid progress made by their students. 2017 was a successful year with 519 women and girls attending 15 classes.246 students started the classes not knowing the alphabet and 136 could read at first grade level. By the end of the 4 month class 429 were reading at 4th grade level (82%) and 85 at 3rd grade and 5 at 2nd grade. Since AIL started this program in 2013 there have been 1,906 students and 1320 ended the class reading at 4th grade level. 

We thought you would like to hear what Dr. Yacoobi has to say about the classes, “The mobile phone texting keeps students working on and renewing their reading skills which means they reinforce the learning everyday as well as learning new things each day. If it was not for the mobile phones they would stop after a while or get disheartened or bored without a classroom or teacher to prompt the. The texting enables them to be very creative learners and do different things with their phones such as learn mathematics, so business, manage money and household budgeting. Other subjects they use the phone for include planning saving and investing of money, teaching husbands and children to read and do math. The reach of the mobile literacy class goes beyond the students who attend.” 

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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As the year draws to a close we reflect on what we have done and how this has changed lives for the better. There have been 15 Mobile Literacy classes so far this year for 519 female students.  9 classes have turned in results and 6 are currently in session until December 31 with 35 students in each class.  Most students end the 4 month course reading at the 4th grade level and others at 3rd grade level.

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 year: “Jamila accelerated her literacy learning by taking a 4 month Mobile Literacy Class. She knows how to use all the phone functions and has learned how to read through text messaging. Her fiancé is a soldier posted in a conflict zone. One day she texted him and learned his unit was in trouble and trapped.  She told the local government office and they then sent auxiliary troops to rescue them. If Jamila had not known how to read and use a phone she could not have helped her fiancé.  Literacy – a vital skill that transforms lives!”

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AIL’s mobile literacy classes are very popular. One Learning Center reported they have a waiting list of 100 women hoping for a chance to accelerate their literacy learning. There have been 15 classes so far this year for 519 female students.  9 classes have full results and 6 are currently in session until December 31 with 35 students in each class.  Most students end the 4 month course reading at the 4th grade level and others at 3rd grade level.

"My name is Saeedah and I am 25 years old. I was an illiterate person until I started this  class. After studying two months I can now learn and am reading and writing. So I am so happy about this situation. We learned how to use the mobile phone including how to send messages, and all the phone settings and functions. In addition, we also learned about peace and social issues.” 

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
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, MI United States

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