Adult Learning

Adult Learning and Education Facilitation (ALEF) was first established in 2007 with one training facility and now has three learning centres in Kabul, Kandahar, and Faizabad.  ALEF aims to help the Afghan people in fulfilling the unique learning needs of adults by translating and adapting materials, conducting learning circles, providing training for teachers of adults, and conducting vocational courses.

In 2012, 710 students attended courses offered through the ALEF's three learning centres.  Classes ranged from adult literacy to English and computer classes.  Participants ranged in age from 17 to 70.  

In the second half of the year, ALEF facilitated the launching of IAM's Peacebuilding Programme. ALEF staff also conducted a week-long teacher training for the                    Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, and supported the IAM TechCircles project with staff training in conducting learning circles.

An external evaluation of the project was carried out in October.  The evaluation report stated that "...(the project has been transformed from a set of abstract ideas into a reality that has benefited several hundred Afghans.  In terms of progress towards the Development Goal, that made in the women's work is the most visible.  Women are becoming aware of their potential, have greater confidence, and are seeking education in order to develop and contribute to their families and society."

Representatives from the donor community paid a visit to the ALEF project in November.  They were able to gain a greater appreciation for the project and provide support and guidence for the project's future.