Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

by Afghan Institute of Learning
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

The seminars and workshops training program is a cornerstone of AIL’s education policy. The workshops cover a variety of subjects including teacher training.  The quality of teachers directly affects the quality of education students receive, while having information on leadership, democracy, self-confidence and reproductive health helps all women advocate for themselves.

AIL’s training program reaches many provinces. In the last few months, AIL held 22 workshops in Mazir-al-Sharif.  In August, AIL continued its expansion of the teacher training program and visited Daikundi, Balkh and Bamyan Provinces. In total, 6 teacher training and literacy seminars were held for 238 women. The teacher training seminars run over 10 days and are comprehensive in approach and designed for teachers who have never had training in modern teaching methods. It is still the case that many teachers enter the job with only a high school education and no formal training.

“The supervisor at my school had complained that I did not know how to teach and said he would demote me from high school to elementary school teaching. This was a blow to my self-confidence and I worried about my future. This seminar helped to see that elementary teaching is just as important as high school. I can now plan my lessons and complete the syllabus on time. I also learned how to do exams and new methods such as role playing and question and answer.”

The staff also held 4 workshops in leadership for 190 students while they were in Balkh and Bamyan Province.  There were five 5- day reproductive health workshops for 285 people, some of them teachers. Attendees relay what they have learned to female relatives. The topics covered included pregnancy, infant care, birth control, hygiene, vaccines and birthing

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In 2015, AIL set up a free legal aid clinic in Herat. There are five female lawyers who provide consultation services, court representation and arbitration. The cases cover topics such as marriage, abandonment, divorce, business, inheritance, child support and custody as well as crime.

Here is the story of one client: “This lady had an arranged marriage with a man who already had a wife and children. She received a piece of land from her husband and did not have difficulties with her husband. As soon as my husband passed away my brother started to harass me and my children. He tried to take my property, and finally seized my dowry too.  When I refused, he hit me and when I was unconscious made me to sign the agreement document that states that I have give over  this piece of land to my step-son. I did not know what to do and how to prove my claim. I came to the  AIL Law Clinic for help to get my property back.”

Many women lack knowledge of the law and their rights and lack the finances to access legal help. The lawyers teach families about the law and rights through Meraj Radio and TV stations. They attend regular programs giving information and taking questions from the public. There are plans to increase the amount of legal programming in the near future.

The head of the legal program attended Women’s Empowerment Group meetings, giving presentations on the law and rights. The lawyers also give workshops at the private schools to various grades to educate the young people about the law and behavioral etiquette, justice and fairness. 

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One of the ways AIL seeks to empower Afghan women is through providing training to women at all educational levels. The Women’s Empowerment Group was formed to aid highly educated women to succeed in their chosen fields giving them added training in leadership, advocacy and support of their peers. The program runs for a year with the women continuing as part of the group after that.

In February, the group discussed planning, management and organizing.  Goal setting and planning how to achieve the goal is important as is careful time management especially for women who balance domestic responsibilities. The other aspects include: control and monitoring and self-confidence and leadership, to guide a project and its people to stated goal.

The women discussed the traits of a good manager which include the skills of: punctuality, patience, motivation, time management, strategic planning, evaluating, communication and optimism and a base of knowledge. Traits to be avoided are: selfishness, bad temper, irresponsibility, pride, discouraging attitude, bias, judgmental, anxious, hurried and bossy.

The group works on how to be a good manager and how to manage tendencies to unhelpful traits. More senior women act as role models and everyone contributes their life experiences in whatever management roles they have taken on. Group learning is effective and the women provide support to each other.

The 2021 Sakena Fund annual report is attached and we hope you find it interesting.

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AIL’s empowerment of women is multi-faceted through healthcare, health education and education and training.  Here is an overview of the trainings held in 2021.

Trainings in Herat: AIL Herat has held 3 leadership workshops for 105 people and 2 Reproductive Health workshops for 70 women.  662 people have attended mini workshops on a range of subjects including: democracy, human rights, citizenship, management, good governance and peace. These mini workshops last for a few hours while major workshops take place over a few days. Herat has a special Women’s Empowerment Group which brings together highly educated women to help them to further develop their skills in leadership, team work and advocacy. Sixty members of the group have attended sessions in 2021 to discuss social affairs, leadership, cultural matters and women’s rights.

AIL Herat has outreach to youth through two special projects: one is a leadership class, which recently increased in size from 30 to  50 students, and the other is a Youth Club which has 100 members. The subjects covered include leadership, democracy, citizenship and human rights.

Trainings in Kabul:  AIL Kabul held 3 teacher training seminars for 150 people (128 female) in 2021.  Three leadership workshops were held for 170 people (155 female). One reproductive health workshop was held for 35 women. There were 3 mini workshops for 107 (105 female) in subjects related to children and school.

Thank you for your support which continues to be vital to helping Afghan women thrive.

Update on clinics:  Our health clinics are stretched to capacity and beyond with thousands of displaced people adding to the local patient numbers. There is a shortage of medicines and of the Covid vaccine.  We have hundreds of people camping outside our facilities but we lack enough food, vitamins, Ensure and Pedialyte to help everyone who needs it. We desperately need funding, food supplements, clean water, hygiene supplies and Covid vaccines.  We plan to open 2 new health clinics in 2022 to help address the need.

AIL Outreach 2021: 23,905 students, 18,132 PPE distributed, 6 health clinics, 50-bed Covid-19 hospital, 95,593 patient treatments, 59,888 health education, 13,050 food aid families served, 22 radio broadcasts daily, 8 hours of TV programs, 12 provinces reached.

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Afghanistan has been stunned by recent developments and people are adapting as best they can, to a new situation which remains both unclear and uncertain as to the future.  AIL’s current priority is to provide urgently needed assistance to the thousands of displaced families who have flooded into Kabul and Herat. Some centers provide a staging point for aid. Our staff are all working, though offices currently are men only with women working from home. The centers are all female and await instructions from the Taliban with regard to procedures required for reopening centers to our students. Our clinics have expanded their capacity to cope with the large numbers of refugees that are in the area.

The Yacoobi private schools are open and operating under the rules that have been given such as dividing male and female. It is exam season and students are studying hard and sitting their exams as usual. It is a great credit to them and their teachers as everyone has heightened levels of fear, stress and anxiety. The private TV and Radio Meraj are not broadcasting but awaiting instructions in how to recommence and staff are creating content and archiving materials for broadcast at a later date.

We have been touched by the outreach of support and outpouring of donations to help the Afghan people. We thank you for standing by Afghanistan as it faces another humanitarian crisis on top of Covid-19 and drought.

 Learning Centers update

One of the ways AIL empowers women is by providing education through a network of Learning Centers.  The centers are a vital educational resource for many women who have missed out on schooling or wish to improve their knowledge base and learn new skills. Women who have been educated are empowered in their lives to make the most of their talents by gaining employment, managing their home lives and being better able to advocate for themselves in home and community.

So far this year, centers have helped 15,310 students (9,918 female). There are 22 rural centers and 17 are urban. Popular subjects include: Arabic, sewing, literacy, computing and English. Preschool classes were offered at 8 Herat centers and 3 specialist preschool sites in Kabul reaching 664 students. (Recently, 2 Kabul preschools and one preschool class in Herat have had to close). Courses in sewing, beautician, English and computing provide income- generating skills which help women gain employment or start their own home business.

Thank you for your support which continues to be vital to helping Afghan women thrive.

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Afghan Institute of Learning

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