Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder and CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), has been dreaming of a way to reach Afghans in remote, insecure areas to share AIL's high quality education programs and to give rural women, men and children a chance to share their views on the future of their country. Dr. Yacoobi and AIL have established a radio station in Herat, Afghanistan, reaching 2.7 million Afghans with education, cultural, health, human rights, news, music, poetry and call-in programs.
75-80% of the Afghan population lives in rural areas where providing education is difficult because of security. The people in these areas are often without access to even the most basic of information on topics such as health, human rights and current affairs. Rural people also have no way to adequately express their opinions or ask questions on issues vital to Afghanistan's future.
This project supports programming for Radio Meraj, a private radio station started by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi in Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) offices in Herat, Afghanistan. AIL develops educational, health, cultural and human rights programming for the station which broadcasts to 2.7 million listeners daily. In addition to its programming, news and music, Radio Meraj hosts call-in programs giving rural listeners the opportunity to give their ideas and ask questions on important issues.
By establishing the radio station, Dr. Yacoobi and AIL are assuring that they can reach even more Afghans with information about current affairs, leadership, Afghan culture and poetry, democracy, peace, living a healthy life and more. They are hoping that the radio station they establish will be like an NPR for Afghanistan, giving AIL the opportunity to reach millions more Afghans and giving rural Afghans a chance to give their views on the future of their country.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Creating Hope International's Website
Afghan Institute of Learning website
Radio Meraj FB