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Educating Afghans through Radio/TV

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Educating Afghans through Radio/TV

Staff are awaiting final government approval and purchase of the digital frequency for the station.

In the meantime, staff continue with preparations and  one month’s work included: filming Mother’s Day celebrations and the British Council International Schools Award. The latter was presented to one of the Yacoobi private schools founded by AIL CEO, Dr. Yacoobi.The TV film crew also visited the school as part of their film making. Staff conducted training of a photographer. They visited AIL’s health clinics and Learning Centers as they prepared programs. The film crew also followed Dr. Yacoobi’s trip to Panjsher Province in July. 

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AIL is working towards SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Last month, the Meraj team were busy preparing new programs about Gawharshad Bigom Library in Herat, glass working (a traditional Afghan art) and Radio Meraj activities. They also worked on new hardware for the computers and background music for recorded videos. Two interviews were recorded with a staff reporter and a manager from Radio Meraj as well as with a senior manager from AIL, who talked about the organization’s activities.

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Recently, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School, Herat won an International School Award from the British Council. The awards go to schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing global citizens by embedding internationalism throughout the ethos and curriculum of the school.The Director of the British Council, Afghanistan said: “This globally recognized accreditation helps enrich learning & improve teaching by guiding international learning activities, from introducing international education into the curriculum to embedding it within school culture.”

We are waiting for government permission to start broadcasting. The station currently has one full time staff and a camera person. These work closely with AIL staff and Dr. Yacoobi’s private Radio Meraj on developing programs. They are working to create an archive of programs so they will have content available when the TV station is operational.

The topics they are working on follow AIL’s general areas of interest. Programs will include ones on health, education, women’s rights, democracy, elections, peace, core values and much more. There will be programs on news, local events and national ones, education, Afghan arts and music.

Thank you for your continued interest.


Dr. Yacoobi joined with high level national and international delegates in the "Seville Commitment" - Supporting Localization Efforts for #SDGs.  She said, “AIL has provided SDG services to the most marginalized and disadvantaged for 25 yrs. In my talk I emphasized it is essential to work with local governments and provide resources to local NGOs who are doing good work. Replicate excellent SDG focused programs so No One is Left Behind!” 

AIL is working towards SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

At the start of this new year we reflect on what we have achieved and how this has changed women’s lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and increase their capacity.

In 2018, 28,121 (19,095 female) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are common courses, also English, computers, math and weaving. There are some centers that are specialist such as 3 that are preschool only and 1 that is boys computing and 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in Kabul.

The new TV station is going act as an outreach for this comprehensive education program. The station will enable AIL education to be broadcast to many thousands of women who are unable to attend an AIL center because of household responsibilities or problems of accessibility or security. We are excited to open this new chapter in AIL education for women. The station currently has one full time staff and a camera person. These work closely with AIL staff and Dr. Yacoobi’s private Radio Meraj on developing programs.

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The TV station is ready to go! We are still waiting for governmental approval and purchase of the broadcast frequency. Staff are looking forward to the first programs going on the air. They know the programs will reach many women who have little access to education and need knowledge to stay healthy, understand their rights and learn about the world and their community. 

The station will empower women and their children so they can advocate for themselves, develop their capacity and more fully participate in their communities.

Thanks for your interest in and support for our project.


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Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States
$6,396 raised of $75,000 goal
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