Throughout this past year, AIL held an 11-day teacher training seminar for 30 female teachers.
Since receiving funding from Catapult, AIL conducted a workshop in Herat, Afghanistan. A total of 30 female teachers attended the workshop.
Estimated girls & women affected
30 female teachers attended the workshop. Assuming the average class size is 35 students, we estimate that at least 1,050 children will be affected.
Estimated community members affected
Thank you so much for your support of our project to support an 11-day teacher training seminar for female teachers. The workshop was held in Herat province in March for 30 female teachers. The women who participated in the seminar were between the ages of 18-40, and all were new teachers at two different high schools in the area. Most of the teachers had just recently graduated from university and were glad to be able to attend the training. Our teacher training seminars are designed to help teachers learn the things they need to know to be successful in the classroom, but may not have been taught in university. The focus of these seminars is not on subject matter, but on lesson planning, classroom management, behavior management, writing of assessments, classroom goal setting, and classroom psychology. These practical lessons are the foundation of being a good teacher, but are often skipped over during university teacher education courses in favor of teaching subject matter.
“I graduated with a degree in literature two months ago, and I started to teach immediately after graduation. This seminar was very useful for me because I have learned what I didn’t learn in university. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to run my class very well, but this seminar helped me to believe in myself. I now feel that I can be a good and interesting teacher. I thank AIL for giving me this great opportunity.”
Risks and challenges
Prior to every seminar, our staff assesses the teachers knowledge and uses these results to inform what will they will teach. At the beginning of this seminar, the teachers did not know how to answer basic questions about classroom management, lesson planning or writing assessments. We helped them overcome these challenges, and the trainers report that the teachers were much better equipped to teach in their classrooms.
What we’ve learnt
We believe that one of the best ways to improve education in Afghanistan is to train teachers to use techniques which encourage critical thinking instead of relying upon rote memorization. We designed seminars in which the teachers learned the things they need to know to be successful in the classroom in practical areas.
After 30 years of war, the education system in Afghanistan needs to be rebuilt from the ground up and the teacher training seminar that you supported is just one step in the right direction. Each year, the impact of this one workshop will multiply, and the number of lives impacted will grow and grow.
We've spent a total amount of $11,285 on materials, communication, rent, utilities, transportation stipends, transportation and travel, and salaries.
Amount spent so far
Interactive Teaching Seminars Held for 43 Teachers
All of us the Afghan Institute of Learning would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support of training Afghan teachers. We have had a very successful year thus far and we are looking forward to the months ahead. Thanks to your support, we are able to hold training seminars and workshops for the teachers at our centers to make them more effective in methodology, student retention, and technique.
Funds from this project were used to host a Technique Seminar for teachers in Herat, Afghanistan in March 2013. The training was held for 43 teachers, 30 of whom were female; who will teach both female and male children. The Technique Seminar trained the teachers in using interactive teaching methods to ensure their students truly understood the content, rather than just teaching by rote, and taught them to encourage critical thinking skills in their students.
Specific topics taught included characteristics of a good teacher, basic psychology, basics of teaching, how to ask question, classroom management, general planning, setting goals for your classroom, how to set up a classroom, teaching skills, and lesson planning. For each topic, participants were actively involved either through discussion, peer teaching of new techniques or actually producing plans.
One of the participants said, “I graduated from the education department of Herat University. I have been teaching for two years, but have always faced problems running a class. For example, I didn't know how to control the students or how to write a lesson plan. I’m so glad that this seminar has taught me to run my class successfully.”
During this particular Technique Seminar there were a number of teachers who were recent graduates from the university, and were just beginning their teaching careers. One of these teachers said, “I graduated from the literature program two months ago, and I began teaching immediately after graduating. This seminar was very useful for me because I learned what I hadn't learned in the university. I was afraid I would never be able to run a class perfectly, but this seminar helped me to believe in myself and to feel like I could be a good and interesting teacher. I thank the Afghan Instituted of Learning for giving me this great opportunity.”
Anyone who has ever been a teacher can certainly sympathize with this participant's concerns, and understands the relief that comes from learning new skills that can be used to help feel more in control of your classroom. That relief is often accompanied by a new found confidence, which helps the teacher more effectively teach your students.
Thanks to donations like yours, we have been able to train teachers to become more capable at teaching relevant materials in a focused, energetic, and methodologically sound manner. Students in our centers are learning more because they have superior teachers who are competent, confident and possess a large base of knowledge. We have goals to reach even more teachers this year because it is so evident how effective these training are. Again, we wish to thank you for your support!
A financial report will be posted in the final report.
Since 1996, Afghan Institute of Learning has trained 20,500 teachers, benefiting more than 5 million students.
Why we care: Women's literacy in Afghanistan is among the lowest in the world, at 12.6%.
How we're solving this: Educating teachers in critical-thinking methodologies.
The Afghan Institute of Learning, an Afghan women’s non-governmental organization, believes that one of the best ways to improve education in Afghanistan is to train teachers to use techniques which encourage critical thinking instead of relying upon rote memorization.
Afghan Institute of Learning’s teacher training seminars do just this by educating teachers on topics such as lesson planning, classroom management, using varied teaching methods, assessing students learning and more. Based on surveys completed by past participants, we know that these seminars have real and long lasting impacts on how Afghan teachers are educating students in their classrooms, moving the teacher from merely imparting information toward encouraging critical thinking and real understanding of subject materials.
Since 1996, Afghan Institute of Learning has trained 20,500 teachers, benefiting more than 5 million students. Afghan Institute of Learning continues to have many requests for teacher training workshops. We invite you to help us to offer one interactive teaching technique seminar to 35 teachers which will improve the education of at least 1050 students in the first year.
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 June 2012, over 10 million Afghans have been direct beneficiaries of AIL education, training and health services. A number of Afghan Institute of Learning's programs have been replicated or adopted by the Afghan government and other NGOs.