Educating Afghans through Radio/TV

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Educating Afghans through Radio/TV

The programs of TV Meraj are designed to meet the needs of the people, address their concerns improve the level of information available to people as well as being an educational resource. The station seeks to facilitate a healthier society, gender equality, women’s rights, democracy, citizenship and social justice.

TV Meraj has a live health program each week and 16 pre-recorded programs. The archive programs include the topics of life skills, news, agriculture, sports, economics, photographs and readings. The health show is live and people call in to get guidance on health, hygiene and the latest health issues. The photographs show is also interactive with people sending their children’s photos to the channel for broadcast.

Guest speakers are present each week and are experts in their fields which include: health, law, religion, research and university level education.

Both TV Meraj and Radio Meraj are a means to reach thousands with information on news, health and education. AIL is a trusted institution and these stations are well known, used and trusted as accurate and timely news sources.

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Many of the radio stations in Herat are not currently broadcasting. Radio Meraj has an adapted program content of 11 shows. Importantly their shows include one on health where information on Covid-19, nutrition and winter diseases is provided. Meraj is able to broadcast news. Both the TV and radio stations have a rotating schedule of educational programs, healthcare programs, legal advice clinics and news and other critical information. We are grateful to be able to broadcast as often poorer people have limited news and educational resources. Children who cannot get to school will learn from the shows we provide on air. Keeping learning going is vital for the development of the young.

The radio station covers 8 districts, each of which has approximately 400,000 population. Special speakers attend in person or via zoom including most recently experts on endocrinology, psychology, law, the Afghan-Turkish robotics team, Skating Federation and Martial Arts Foundation.

One listener had this to say, "Your programs are practical and have helped to change my life. After listening to your programs related to culture and social etiquette, I now try to be less angry than before and to look for more relaxing and enjoyable environments.”

AIL Outreach 2021: 23,905 students, 18,132 PPE distributed, 6 health clinics, 50-bed Covid-19 hospital, 95,593 patient treatments, 59,888 health education, 13,050 food aid families served, 22 radio broadcasts daily, 8 hours of TV programs, 12 provinces reached. 

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Recent Developments in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been stunned by recent developments and people are adapting as best they can, to a new situation which remains both unclear and uncertain as to the future.  AIL’s current priority is to provide urgently needed assistance to the thousands of displaced families who have flooded into Kabul and Herat. The private TV and Radio Meraj are not broadcasting. We are following this request and waiting to hear about what changes they may wish for us to make in order to again offer educational outreach programs

There are frequent news updates which are of particular value to the many poorer Afghans who have few means of keeping in touch with the local and national situation. Radio Meraj is providing Covid information and information on the violence and civil war which is occurring throughout the country. We are awaiting instructions in how to recommence and staff are creating content and archiving materials for broadcast at a later date. 

Some centers provide a staging point for aid. Our staff are all working, though offices currently are men only with women working from home. The centers are all female and await instructions from the Taliban with regard to procedures required for reopening centers to our students. Our clinics have expanded their capacity to cope with the large numbers of refugees that are in the area.

The Yacoobi private schools are open and operating under the rules that have been given such as dividing male and female. It is exam season and students are studying hard and sitting their exams as usual. It is a great credit to them and their teachers as everyone has heightened levels of fear, stress and anxiety. We have been touched by the outreach of support and outpouring of donations to help the Afghan people. We thank you for standing by Afghanistan as it faces another humanitarian crisis on top of Covid-19 and drought.


Radio update

The radio station is one of the top two in Herat and people rely on it for news and education. The station broadcasts 18 hours a day and has 14 live programs and 17 pre-recorded ones. Topics covered include: health, education, youth programs, policing and sports.  There are frequent news updates which are of particular value to the many poorer Afghans who have few means of keeping in touch with the local and national situation. Radio Meraj is providing Covid information and information on the violence and civil war which is occurring throughout the country.

Nasrin, a school girl said, “The security situation in our village is very bad and we only have access to radio for news. We rely on Radio Meraj because it has good updates about what is happening.”

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Staff at the TV station are very busy with both programming and adding final touches to the rooms. In April, final cabling was installed along with some carpentry completed.  Choices were made for the coloration of various programs such as financial, health and morning courier.  A number of recordings were made including about health, Ramadan, AIL’s Youth Club, Islamic songs, cartoons, the English Language Center and 15 spiritual messages.

The station has a very varied program content which covers news, sports, health, poetry, music, Ramadan and content for youth and young children.

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Covid-19: AIL continues with its relief efforts providing food aid, PPE and running a Covid-19 hospital. All health clinics are operating and Learning Centers and schools are holding classes. Radio Meraj continues to broadcast the latest Covid-19 information.

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Radio Meraj has provided school lessons in its programming, helping students keep up with their studies while schools were closed. 

Habibullah from Enjil District says, "We have four children in our family who, since the outbreak of the coronavirus and the closure of schools, have only listened to your radio programs, especially the school subjects. From evaluating their lessons and teaching I was surprised to see that they have learned very well. When I asked them, they said that they listened to Radio Meraj and its learning programs and we are now good at our school lessons. So I called the station to express appreciation for your service and hard work. I believe that Meraj’s presence is necessary for having a bright vision in Afghanistan. “

This is part of its work related to Covid-19 which includes spreading virus information and providing a call-in option for people with virus rules reporting or need for information.  TV Meraj helped by providing video clips related to the virus. 

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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