Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Awarded the McGraw Prize in Education

NOTE: Republished from Afghan Institute of Learning

Afghan Institute of Learning CEO Dr. Sakena Yacoobi was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education at an event in April. She was recognized for international work along with 2 other winners who received awards for higher education and K-12.  Sakena was also delighted to receive her sixth honorary doctorate in May, this time from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Her schedule has been very busy with speaking engagements including, Women Deliver in Copenhagen and the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.  Sakena called for refugees to make up 50% of those deciding about what aid is needed and how it is distributed. She also emphasized the need for education for the disadvantaged, including refugees.

AIL's work continues in many areas but here are just a few highlights:

Education: There are 13,888 ( 9,044 female) students attending classes studying an array of subjects ranging from literacy, math and sewing to computers, English and much more. 

Health: So far this year there have been 79,048 patients treated at AIL clinics and 50,437 have received health education.

Training: There have been workshops for 607 (272 female) people so far this year. 349 teachers received training (201 female) in modern teaching methods and other topics. AIL staff will be providing health workshops including Expectant Mother and  Reproductive Health, all of which help women avoid injury and death in childbirth as well as giving information on child spacing and infant care and immunization.


The Leadership Program continues with the special Leadership Course at the private high school. In addition, workshops in leadership have taken place for 53 people and more are planned for the coming months.

One Leadership Workshop participant said, “During the last day, participants of this workshop talked openly and bravely. They couldn’t believe themselves because they had become very talkative and brave in speaking out. I am so happy because I learned many things from this workshop. It was so effective and completely changed our personalities so now we can speak up in front of people and give our opinions."