Afghan Institute of Learning - Mobile Literacy for Women & Girls

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) rebuilds education and health systems in Afghanistan using a holistic approach. AIL combines innovative education, healthcare with health education and quality training programs, and provides emergency and legal aid. AIL is mainly run by women, benefits all needy Afghan people, & seeks to help all Afghans rebuild their lives and society. With AIL's Mobile Literacy Education for Women and Girls, Afghan Women learn to read & write in 4 months.

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The solution has already completed the pilot stage and has been successfully implemented in Herat and Kabul Learning Centers. With increased funding, AIL has trained additional teachers and expanded the program and has a waiting list for classes. Thus far, AIL has trained 29 teachers and completed 45 classes for 1,417 women and girls. There are women and older girls on the waiting list and AIL is only waiting for additional funding.

How does your innovation work?

Teachers are given special training by AIL staff to conduct the mobile literacy classes. There are two teachers for each class. The literacy level of the students are tested before the class starts and at the end of the class to determine their literacy level. Afghan women and older girls study in a four-month program utilizing literacy books and texting over mobile phones of 2000 messages on such topics as health, peace, VAW, human rights, democracy, and core values. The Afghan women and girls will become more educated and have the ability to understand and access global concepts. The students will teach their family and friends how to use mobile phones and may teach them some literacy or the alphabet. The attitude of the students will change and the lives of their families and community will improve and the students will be encouraged to continue their studies. The attitudes of the community about the value of education for females will change to the positive and the distrust of cell phones used by females will greatly decrease.

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For the Mobile Literacy Education for Women and Girls, a total of 29 teachers have received training. AIL has completed 45 mobile literacy classes for 1,417 women and girls, 80% of students were able to read and write at a 4th grade level and are continuing their studies. Eight classes with 276 students are presently ongoing. The literacy level of the students are tested before the class starts and at the end of the class to determine their literacy level. Students are also asked to write their evaluation of the program and students are interviewed.

Afghan Institute of Learning has impacted many lives. AIL has impacted over impact 11 million students since 1996 and created 320,332 centers. 

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What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

       Teachers needed training in interactive teaching methods but now need to know about peace, leadership, health and human rights, democracy and elections so they can pass this onto their students. Literacy learning through texting on mobile phones accelerates learning so new mobile texting classes are in place. A few hours of instructions in pregnancy and childbirth saves lives so AIL set up an Expectant Mother Workshop program. AIL knows change in programming is constant to keep up with need and to utilize all resources and new ideas. AIL continues to change and utilize new ideas for ways to better serve the community and develop education, personal, and holistic growth. 

Next Steps

With further funding, initially, AIL would like to increase teacher training for additional classes in other provinces in Afghanistan. AIL has already requested funding for increased funding from EXPO 2020. After reaching women and girls in Afghanistan, AIL plans to promote its solution for other countries using the concepts used by AIL. In other countries, the language and messages would need to be adapted by the basic concepts of the program are replicable.