Sakena Yacoobi

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Name: Sakena Yacoobi
Organization: Afghan Institute of Learning
Website: http://www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Title: Executive Director
Bio:
I am working to make Afghanistan a healthier and better educated place for women and children. In Afghanistan- my country of birth, there is so much hope and potential for the people there.I want to see opportunity for all women to become educated in Afghanistan and to lead healthier lives. Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is Executive Director and founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). Established in 1995 to provide education and health services to women and children, AIL has reached 12.5 million Afghans and now provides services to 400,000 Afghans annually by working at the grassroots level. Sakena’s vision of a healthier Afghanistan evolved after watching her mother give birth to 15 children, to have only 5 survive. AIL was the first organization to offer human rights and leadership training to Afghan women and the first to open Women’s Learning Centers—a concept now copied by many organizations throughout Afghanistan. Dr. Yacoobi has received multiple awards and honors, including becoming an Ashoka Fellow. Recent awards include the Opus Prize and the WISE Prize for Education Laureate. Sakena has also received honorary doctorates from five universities for her distinguished contribution to society.

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Mar 09, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Education

Sakena Yacoobi uses a non-confrontational, participatory approach to mobilize local leaders and communities in the education, health and empowerment of Afghan girls and women. Her interactive educational methodology and grassroots approach are spreading throughout Afghanistan.

Jun 24, 2014 / 0 Comments / in Education, Play, Youth development, Youth leadership

Youth and their teacher at the PSYP high school created lyrics, music and video of an election song. It was performed at election workshops and the video went viral over Afghan radio and TV, inspiring 7 million Afghans to vote. Youth want to continue the project and produce more inspirational music.

Afghan children learn how to express, and action love and forgiveness through colorful, multi media, tactile interactive play. This traveling exhibit, XOXO, was piloted in Pittsburgh and will be brought to mulitple locations in Afghanistan where children have never seen anything like it before.

Since 1995, the Afghan Institute of Learning has empowered Afghan women-first with literacy and education, then teaching computer skills, and now with world-wide access through the internet.

The Afghan Institute of Learning uses a multi-pronged approach of education and healthcare for pregnant Afghan women through health clinics, health education workshops, pre and post-natal care, and training: to nurses, midwives, CHWs-community health workers, and. rural TBAs- traditional birth attendants.