Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

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

At the start of this new year we reflect on what has been achieved in 2018 and how this has changed women’s lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and increase their capacity.

In 2018, 28,121 students (19,095 female) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are popular, also English, computers, math, weaving. There are some centers that are specialist such as 3 that are preschool only and 1 that is boys computing, 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in Kabul.

Nadia is a Computer class student. “I attended the computer class for 5 months and I learned a great deal.  I am now a fully skilled computer programmer. Computer skills are extremely important and everyone needs to have them.  I am so proud of myself, that I learned this skill and can work for my countrymen.  Recently, I got a part-time job at a foundation for women. I exchange emails and coordinate meetings for the board of directors. I earn money and can buy whatever I need. I am also able to teach computer skills to my children, and don’t need to pay anyone else to do it.  I can communicate with friends and I continue to improve my skills. Whenever a woman can earn money she can live independently and support their family.”

Aqeela attended a 4 month Mobile Literacy Class. “I lost the chance of being educated when I was a teen. I am so happy to have the opportunity to take part in this class and learn to read and write. I heard good things about the class and this persuaded me to join it. In the past 4 months, I learned to be a new person literate and educated in many things. I have become a skillful woman who is able to change the rest of her life.” 

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AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) offer a variety of classes. One of the most popular classes offered is tailoring because women need a means to reduce household expenses and to earn money.  So far in 2018, 2,108 females have studied tailoring in Herat LCs and 851 in LCs in Kabul and other provinces. Many students go on to start small home businesses doing mending and making clothes for neighbors or even setting up stalls in their local market.

Halima is a graduate of the sewing class. "I am a young girl. My family are very poor. My father is the only one earning money for the family. But now with my sewing skills I can make clothes for our family. I can also earn money sewing for other people. I can help my father with household expenses. My life has come out of darkness because of AIL and the sewing class.”

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AIL’s goal of empowering Afghan women focuses on education and health education but encompasses many other aspects of life as well one of which is the legal world. The Learning Centers give messages about the law and rights during lessons and Dr. Yacoobi saw a need for a legal aid clinic.

AIL opened a Legal Aid Clinic to aid poor women who have no other means of legal advice and help. Each month the team of 5 female lawyers dispense advice, handle cases from consultation to trial. In July, the clinic dealt with 9 consultation cases, 3 family cases and 6 legal cases all of which were pursued and closed within the month.

Afghan women will be empowered when they have knowledge, self-confidence and awareness of their capacity to contribute and their rights in society. Legal knowledge is part of the empowerment equation. Lawyers from the clinic attend broadcast sessions on Dr. Yacoobi’s private radio station, Meraj.

The two legal programs broadcast on Meraj Radio have the objectives of bringing justice, prosperity, peace, to make people aware, to decrease the rates of violence and to decrease citizens' problems. They try to enlighten people's minds and develop their awareness about citizenship rights.  The two programs are Ethics and Morning Messenger. Ethics covers legal issues and included election crime, environmental crime, crimes against historical and cultural monuments, whistle blowers, crimes against children and abuse of women and children. In addition, other areas covered are office corruption, gambling, misuse of authority. Morning Messenger is broadcast every Thursday and is in a legal roundtable discussion format. The main topic this year has been women’s rights under Islam including livelihood, dowry, possessions and property and working rights. 

Thank you for your support for Afghan women as they gain knowledge and skills to improve the lives of their families.

Computing is a modern skill that people need no matter where they live in the world. Women and girls in Afghanistan are interested in learning computing to aid them in school work or to find work.  Many AIL Learning Centers offer computing classes and in Herat there are 495 computer students (241 female) and in the Kabul area 314 students.  There are also special English and Computing combined classes and 88 of the Kabul students are enrolled in this type of fast track class.

Nadia is a Computer class student at a center in Herat. She said, “I have been in computer class for 5 months and I learned lots of new things and I am now a fully skilled computer programmer. Computer skills are extremely important and everyone needs to have them.  I am so proud of myself, that I learned this skill and can work for my countrymen.  Recently, I got a part- time job at a foundation for women. There I exchange emails and coordinate meetings for the board of directors. By earning money from my new job, I can buy whatever I need to have. I am also able to teach computer skills to my children, and don’t need to pay anyone else to do it. I really do love computers. Through the class I have also learned to communicate with my friends and promote my skills. Whenever a person can earn money she can live independently and support her family.” 

Thank you for your support for Afghan women as they study and work to gain modern, marketable skills and improve their lives.

 

AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4

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

AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give refugee and IDPs the opportunity to learn many subjects. They often start out with fast track tailoring/sewing and literacy classes, then as their confidence grows they take on new challenges. One of the most popular classes offered is tailoring because these refugee women need to earn money.  So far in 2018, 1,054 females (491 adolescents) are studying tailoring in Herat LCs and 376 in LCs in Kabul and other provinces. AIL tailoring students are grateful to be able to learn a useful skill which they will use to make clothing for their families, saving money and to earn money as a small business.  

Amena comes from a very poor refugee family she has this to say, “I have lived in a very hard situation my whole my life. My father is the only one who earns money for our family and only enough for food. I have no older brother to help my father and I have four sisters. I felt hopeless before joining the free tailoring class at the AIL center. I learned lots of tailoring skills and started to sew clothes for my sisters. Now I am able to sew every type of clothing. I have my own tailoring business and earn money.  I can help my father with the expenses of our daily life. I proved that there isn't any difference between boys and girls if the way is paved for them to improve themselves."

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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