Learning World: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi's Afghan Institute of Learning
This week’s Learning World’s episode sheds light on the life and initiatives of the 2015 WISE Prize Laureate Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning.
Part 1 - Afghan Institute of Learning
During the Taliban rule, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi created the Afghan Institute of Learning, providing education and teacher training to women and children.
This year's WISE Prize for Education Laureate believes in a community-based, holistic approach to learning, creating a respectful environment where children and women can learn to create economic opportunities for themselves and access adequate healthcare.
“Every woman must be self-sufficient, must be empowered.”
Part 2 - Leadership and Well-being
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi's founded the Afghan Institute of Learning with the desire to help children and women access quality education and pass it onto others.
“Education gives you power, a status. These women… I could see that they were smart, but they didn't have opportunities.”
With her schools and teacher training programs, Dr. Yacoobi promotes critical thinking and leadership skills as opposed to rote learning and harsh teaching. She wants students to feel free in classrooms, to ask questions and to be active.
Fondly known as Afghanistan's Mother of Education, this year's WISE Prize for Education Laureate has created 340 learning centres across the country. Since 1996, 12 million Afghans have benefited from AIL’s education and health programs.
Part 3 - Health and Education
In the last of this 3-part series, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi talks about the importance of health education.
This year's WISE Prize for Education Laureate had a vision in which patients would learn something about their health every time they visit a clinic. When mothers learn about hygiene, sanitation and the keys to healthy eating they bring up healthy children who can concentrate well in schools. Dr. Yacoobi's NGO trains nurses and doctors who work in public clinics around the country.
“Health education and education is [linked] like a chain. They're connected to each other.”
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi's teacher and healthcare workers' training centres and private schools have helped 12 million Afghans since 1996.
The next step? Award-winning philanthropist Dr. Yacoobi wants to build a university so that more Afghan girls will have the same opportunities that she did when she was a teenager.