Using Texting to Increase Literacy in Afghanistan

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends,

AIL held 10 mobile literacy classes in 2016 for 300 women.  Eight of the classes were in Herat and two in Kabul province. All the classes have after 4 months of intensive work. The results have been excellent. At the time of enrollment 164 did not know the alphabet, 87 knew the alphabet and could read a little and 49 were able to read at 1st grade level. Now all have graduated the mobile literacy class, 45 reading at 3rd grade level and 255 at 4th grade level! That is 15% and 85% all in 4 months!

“I am BiBi Zakia and I am a housewife.  When I first came to this class I did not know about the alphabet. Now here in this class I learned all the letters of alphabet. I can make sentences and can type the words and sentences into the mobile phone and send to my friends, my teacher and the manager of the center. I can get responses from them. My family lives in Ghazni province, because the cost of calling is high I send messages to them. I am not so young, I thought my mind will not work and I will not learn , but now I know I am  intelligent , I can read and write my homework into notebook.  My teacher checks my notebook and signs it . I am so happy and thankful from AIL office for proving this opportunity. I request from my sisters who are illiterate, please join this Learning Center and seek knowledge.”

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AIL has held  9 mobile literacy classes so far this year for 271 women, with 3 classes still running. Eight of the classes were in Herat and one in Kabul province. Six classes have finished after 4 months and 5 classes have submitted their results.

The five classes had 30 students each the total being150. Remarkably 120 of these students ended the course reading at a 4th grade level (80%) and 30 at a 3rd grade level. All students started with minimal literacy skills: 66 did not know the alphabet, 56 knew letters and read a little, 28 read at first grade level. This is in keeping with what staff have found from this program it is highly effective in accelerating literacy acquisition in students.

“My name is Zarghona. I am one of Mobile Literacy class students I was interested in studying but because of some family problems I couldn’t study. I have 8 children and 16 grandchildren. When I heard about this course I never thought that they will give me admission and then I had fear in my heart that I would not be able to study. But after passing of one month I feel differently and I understand that I can study.  I want to thank AIL for making true my dreams, for creating a hope in my heart. I am learning reading and writing and also learning the usage of mobile phones”

Dear Friends,

Communities frequently request the innovative Mobile Literacy Class for their centers. So far in 2016 there have been 6  four month long classes for 181 people including 150 females. 5 classes finished at the end of July and we will be getting results soon. Of the 181 students 97 started without knowing the alphabet,  56  knew the alphabet but could not read and  28 read at a first grade level.  We look forward to sharing the students’ success next time.

Here is one student’s story: “I am BiBi Zakia and I am a housewife.  When I first came to this class I did not know about the alphabet. Now here in this class I learnt all the letters of alphabet. I can make sentences and can type the words and sentences into the mobile phone and send to my friends, my teacher and the manager of the center . I can get responses from them. My family lives in Ghazni province, because the cost of calling is high I send messages to them. I am not so young, I thought my mind will not work and I will not learn , but now I know I am  intelligent , I can read and write my homework into notebook.  My teacher checks my notebook and signs it . I am so happy and thankful from AIL office for proving this opportunity. I request from my sisters who are illiterate, please join this Learning Center and seek knowledge.”

Thank you for your support.

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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, miniature painting, computers and physics. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education.

There are 150 females in 4 month long mobile literacy classes which will fast track their literacy education. Here is a story, " My name is Najeela and we have a poor economic situation. I was not interested in education because I  thought I am too old now and I thought that it is impossible to start studying at this age. But after joining Mobile Literacy Class I got that I was wrong and we can start studying in any age. In these two months I can now write sentences and also send it through texting. Now I want to start school after completing this course and I want to thank AIL for this opportunity."

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Dear Friends,

In April AIL started up its 2016 Mobile Literacy Program with 5 classes for 30 students each, totaling 150 students. The students are all female and range in age from 15 to 47 and will spend 4 months going through this intensive, accelerated literacy learning experience alongside regular literacy study.

The classes start with the basics of learning how to use the mobile phone and learning the alphabet. The students range in ability from no alphabet knowledge, to reading a little, up to reading at first grade level. The transformation in reading skill will be remarkable by the end of the 4 months. As always the students love this curriculum – who doesn’t love texting, especially if you are teen or young adult?

"I am  Madina, an 18 years old girl. I had a very difficult and painful life in the past. I didn’t have any hope in my life until I came to this mobile literacy class. I met a lot of interesting girls in this class from the start of the first month. I learned to read the alphabet and to handle a cell phone. I am so happy for this opportunity to attend this class. I am going to regular school after this class is over.” 

Thank you for your support for mobile literacy.

 

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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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