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 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 will support the addition of a third floor on to the existing AIL offices in Herat, Afghanistan to house the radio station. AIL, a respected provider of education, training and healthcare in Afghanistan will develop educational programming which will be broadcast across Herat Province. The radio station will also broadcast news and host call-in programs giving rural listeners the opportunity to give their ideas and ask questions on important topics facing Afghanistan.
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.
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