Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Mar 2, 2009

Update on AIL, and a Story to Share

In 2008 the Afghan Institute of Learning supported 46 learning centers in Herat, Mazar, Bamiyan and Kabul, Afghanistan and in Peshawar, Pakistan. These centers served a total of 23,750 Afghan women, men and children in classes ranging from pre-school to university students. These centers have had a huge impact on the lives of the students since the students have no other alternatives for receiving a quality education.

During 2008, one of AIL's WLC's reached a milestone-- its first class of girls studying in the 9th grade. This is a truly remarkable story as this group of initially illiterate girls from a very traditional, rural, conservative area in Afghanistan began studying with AIL 7 years ago and have continued their studies until now.. Here is one of the girl's stories: "I am from a poor and narrow-minded family that does not allow their daughters to go outside the home to study. My father has always told me that he did not have enough money to pay the fees to send me to school; he barely had enough money to feed me and pay our rent. Besides, he said, if he allowed me to go to school my relatives and neighbors would say that he was not zealous enough since no one allows their daughters to go to school. One day my neighbor told me that there was a center that teaches women and girls and that you can learn a great deal from this school without paying any fees. At first I was really excited until I realized that I was 13 and might have sit in a lower class with younger students. When I was finally allowed to go to the center, I saw that many older women and girls were attending the school. Now I am happy because I can read, and write. I pray 5 times a day to those who open centers like this for women and older girls."

  • Bill
    Bill This is a wonderful uplifting story! Considering the girl was illiterate until a few years ago she writes very well indeed. Great courage on her part! Thanks for sharing Bill
    • 8 years ago
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  • Ingrid
    Ingrid It's an inspiration to hear how she's triumphed despite numerous obstacles.
    • 8 years ago
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  • It shows what an amazing job AIL is doing to empower women and girls through education.!!!
    • 8 years ago
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  • drfrances
    drfrances It's great that AIL now has a 9th grade class! There has been a big gap between the elementary grades and university that made it very hard for bright and motivated Afghan girls to go past the lower grades.
    • 8 years ago
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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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