Afghan Institute of Learning
Dr. Yacoobi speaks at Ansari University graduation : January 2016
Prof. Sakena Yacoobi was the VIP guest speaker at the Ansari University graduation ceremony. She spoke to thousands of invitees including, graduating students and their families. After congratulating the families, she explained the dignity of higher education and the role of educated youth in the promotion and advancement of Afghanistan. She was very happy to attend such an important ceremony where a new generation was graduating to serve their community with their youthful energy. Prof. Yacoobi added, “I am honored to see the results for you of your hard work and it is an honor for me to give you your graduation certificates in person.”
In her speech Prof. Yacoobi said, “Dear graduates, youth, girls and boys! If, today, you get a degree, tomorrow you should have a Masters and Doctorate degree as well, because our country is in need of professional, educated and hardworking young people. People are expecting you to change their lives and promote the economy. I am proud of you all, each one of you. I wish you all success and a bright future. You are always in my prayers.
At the end of the ceremony, Prof. Yacoobi was given an Award of Appreciation by the president of Ansari University. She was congratulated on the WISE PRIZE 2015 Award and recognized for her hard work for the education and health of Afghan women and children and Afghanistan. The audience gave her a standing ovation.
Creating Hope International has worked with the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) for many years and has a technical assistance agreement with AIL providing grant and report writing and other fundraising help. CHI staff work on a daily basis with AIL President Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and her staff in Afghanistan providing them with support and help as needed.
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AIL has grown markedly since 2001, to become internationally recognized and is one of the largest Afghan women-led NGOs providing health and education services. Based on this success in communities, AIL is able to offer training and technical assistance to small local Afghan community-based organizations to help further build the capacity of Afghanistan’s civil society sector. CHI has helped AIL to increase its annual funding from US $30,000 in 2001 to over $1.5 million today. CHI works to build the capacity of AIL to procure its own funding, improving AIL staff skills in management, book keeping and finances.
CHI representatives travel to Afghanistan and provide training to AIL staff on various topics related to NGO operations. The staff has also provided advanced teacher training to AIL teacher trainers and now AIL is considered a preeminent Afghan teacher training organization. CHI has helped develop training curriculum with culturally relevant human rights education, health education, and counseling materials. CHI has trained AIL staff in human rights and helped AIL to successfully introduce human rights training to Afghan women in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
AIL has been recognized by many organizations with awards and featured in numerous articles. AIL is also included in the book "Half the Sky" by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl DuWunn.
CHI has another area of work in Afghanistan, Afghan Development Project, which supports private enterprise in the fields of health, education and media. CHI believes in supporting private sector development of schools and hospitals in Afghanistan as this is a vital component of a self supporting society. CHI currently provides support to four private schools, a private hospital and a private radio station.