Eleven workshops completed!
Since 2002, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been holding leadership, peace and health workshops in Afghanistan. After eleven years, AIL is beginning to see real changes take place in those that it works with. After AIL’s successful conference on Love and Forgiveness in April 2012, AIL noticed that the people coming to the workshops, particularly young people, were seeking to learn more about new ideas and ways to bring true peace to Afghanistan. In response to these desires and requests, AIL has begun to offer new workshops expanding on topics covered in the leadership workshops, such as human rights, children’s rights, social justice, and more. These workshops take the principles taught in the leadership workshops, and apply them to these other topics, empowering participants to take culturally appropriate steps in each area. AIL has been making a special effort to focus on the youth of Afghanistan, and has been developing workshops that are meant to be given to high school and university students.
Through the Chime for Change campaign, the Sound of Change Live concert, donors on Catapult and the Ray of Light Foundation, 12 workshops on peace and human rights have been funded. To date, AIL has completed 11 of these workshops, benefiting 454 young women, mostly high school students. AIL is working with local schools to reach the greatest number of young women possible.
Risks and challenges
In the beginning of each workshop, the young women are often shy and reluctant to participate in group discussions. To address this, the AIL staff begins the workshops with various ice-breaking and team-building exercises, which help the young women to become more comfortable speaking in front of the large group and giving their opinions. The trainers leading the workshops report that by the end of the workshops the women are very engaged in the discussion and energized by what they have learned.
"I am 19 years old. I am studying language. I have never studied human rights. I always studied for the exams. I regret for not searching for information about my rights as a human in the community I live, but AIL gave me this great chance to be aware of my rights and learn more about it. Today I understand how important human rights are." She also added, "I am going to help every member of my community to understand how important human rights in order to become a developed and prosperous country.” – Workshop participant
AIL will be offering one final workshop funded by Catapult, Chime for Change and Global Philanthropy, and then will have completed all twelve. We are currently securing funding for additional peace and human rights workshops, so that the lessons can be shared with even more young Afghans, particularly women. The AIL staff is committed to arming the younger generation of Afghans with knowledge of their rights, peace, leadership, and democracy, and giving them the tools they need to spread the messages presented in the peace and human rights workshops. The staff is so excited by what they are seeing when they work with these young people, and are looking forward to presenting these workshops to even more young people!
Visionary women-led organization introduces workshops for peace, human rights and justice.
Why we care: Because the Afghan Institute of Learning often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding and forgiveness in order to return to a peaceful way of life
How we're solving this: Reintroducing the ancient, peaceful culture and values of Afghanistan.
The Afghan Institute of Learning, an Afghan women’s non-governmental organization, believes that the present generation of Afghan students will bring peace, justice and human rights for all to Afghanistan.
In all of its educational programs, Afghan Institute of Learning has begun to reintroduce the ancient, peaceful culture and values of Afghanistan. Drawing on the poetry of Rumi, in April 2012, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) hosted an international conference on love and forgiveness in Herat that highlighted Afghan writers, poets, scholars, and musicians in ways that are reminiscent of Afghanistan’s peaceful past. The conference was a huge success and widely acclaimed throughout Afghanistan. After numerous requests, Afghan Institute of Learning has begun holding workshops for students where they can reconnect with the poets of their past and share ideas about responsibility, justice, human rights, ethics and bringing peace to Afghanistan.
The Afghan Institute of Learning wants to hold 4 peace, human rights and justice workshops in 2013-14. Each workshop for 50 to 100 women and girls costs $500. Please help these students to learn how to be wise and responsible human beings so that they can help to bring peace to Afghanistan.
The Afghan Institute of Learning is an Afghan women’s non-governmental organization founded in 1995 by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi to help address the problem of poor access for Afghan women and children to education and health services, their subsequent inability to support their lives, and the impact of this lack of education and health on Afghan society. Afghan Institute of Learning is an organization, run by Afghan women, that plays a major part in reconstructing education and health systems capable of reaching the women and children of Afghanistan--whether in refugee camps or in their homes in Afghanistan. Afghan Institute of Learning’s visionary programs have had a major impact on Afghanistan and its people. Between 1996 and December 2012, over 10 million Afghans have been direct beneficiaries of AIL education, training and health services. A number of Afghan Institute of Learning’s visionary programs have been replicated or adopted by the Afghan government and other organizations.