Sakena Yacoobi is the Founder and CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), a Private Hospital in Herat, and two Private High Schools in Kabul and Herat. AIL is an Afghan women-led NGO founded in 1995 to support the education of Afghans and provide health education to women and children. This interview, which is part of the Lead the Change Series of the American Educational Research Association Educational Change Special Interest Group, appears as part of a series that features experts from around the globe, highlights promising research and practice, and offers expert insight on small- and large-scale educational change. Recently, Lead the Change has also published interviews with Diane Ravitch, and the contributors to Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013) edited by Helen Janc Malone, have participated in a series of blogs from Education Week.
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