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Educational Service of Afghanistan Gets Own Radio and TV Frequencies

31-05-2005 (Paris)
Afghan broadcasting authorities have just reserved a TV and a radio FM frequency for Educational Radio and Television service to open a dedicated channel specialized in educational broadcasting. This concession was facilitated by UNESCO in the framework of a $2.5 million project funded by the Government of Italy for the upgrade and rehabilitation of distance education services in Afghanistan, and under which transmitters suitable to go on air in the given frequencies will shortly be provided.
After being almost totally destroyed during years of civil conflict, the building housing the Educational Radio and Television Centre (ERTV) of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education has been fully renovated and equipped with computers, radio-Tv production equipment and Internet, and is again operational since July 2004. UNESCO has already provided three months of intensive training in fields such as TV and radio techniques, use of digital equipment, programme production, English language proficiency and computer literacy. On December ten ERTV’s “key” production staff -including two female producers- received advanced training at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in the Malaysian Educational Broadcaster.

In the last year, on several occasions, ERTV has managed to competitively gain contracts from international donors for the production of spots or educational programs for social-marketing and awareness-raising educational campaigns, broadcasted by the National Radio Television of Afghanistan or by private media outlets.

Rahmatullah Begana, director of the ERTV, welcomed the allocation of frequencies explaining that a dedicate educational channels is essential for ERTV to reach self-sustainability ideally with a mix of public, private and international donors’ money.
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