Sakena Yacoobi interview on education, leadership, and development in Afghanistan and Pakistan (video)

Sakena Yacoobi interview on education, leadership, and development in Afghanistan and Pakistan (video)

Resource Type
Topical Interview
Publication Year
English (US)




Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), speaks about her organization's work providing young Afghan and Pakistani women and girls with educational opportunities and leadership mentoring, and the techniques she has found to be most effective.

Discusses importance of mentoring in leadership training, enabling sustainability, choice, encouraging undiscovered qualities in people. Describes demand for workshops including from government, health education program for women and children post-war. Discusses importance of early life training with children post-trauma so that they can learn and develop, and enter the community normally. Describes literacy program for young teenagers who did not attend school during Taliban rule.  Discusses importance of shared leadership. Describes experience of WLP convening, countries working together, negotiating without conflict with emphasis on what unites vs fragments.

This interview was part of a series of interviews conducted with attendees of the June 2002 Summer Roaming Institute in Potomac, MD.

Runtime: 00:24:17

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