Afghanistan: Continuing education through radio programs.
12 May 2020

JRS teachers engaged in recording lessons in AVA radio studio.
"COVID-19 is a great threat, but students with no access to learning at home can be as much a disaster. JRS hopes that the radio broadcasts will fill much of the gap that the pandemic has created". Farhad Sharify, JRS Herat Programs officer

Halima, from Bamiyan University, shares the challenging predicament of students in Afghanistan: With the spread of the Coronavirus, we cannot study with our teachers and classmates - only from books, which is difficult. I am happy that JRS plans to start English language lessons on the radio. It will be a great opportunity and will help us to continue learning even during the lockdown. 

With over 4,400 cases, COVID-19 poses a daunting challenge in Afghanistan, which is already struggling with deep-rooted poverty, violent conflict, and an extremely fragile health system. In an attempt to introduce innovative means of education during the lockdown, the Ministry of Education announced its decision to start and promote distance-learning programs on April 20.

To complement this initiative, JRS launched English language lesson broadcasts (from foundation to intermediate levels), on Herat-AVA radio station on May 6. With this small step, JRS hopes to make English language learning available to as many children as possible. 

“The key point is that it reaches the most marginalized, and not just city-based students, specially students who cannot travel long distances or cannot afford travel costs,” says Sakina, a JRS teacher.

During the 30-minute broadcasts, two JRS teachers explain the English lesson in a dialogical format, providing time for students to call and seek clarifications via mobile phone. 

Due to the lack of electricity, people in remote and mountainous regions like Bamiyan have little access to TV networks, and radio broadcasts are very popular. The JRS Bamiyan team are preparing to replicate the Herat pilot radio broadcast very soon.

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