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Afghanistan – Cooperation, a radio and TV network to disseminate culture in rural areas

The new offices of ERTV, Educational Radio TV, were opened in Kabul last week after they were refurbished with funding from Italy, through UNESCO, from 2003. The radio and TV broadcasting station is equipped with cutting-edge broadcasting technology to deliver educational programmes both to teachers and to the general public. Thanks to Italy’s contribution, since last September, ERTV broadcasts are delivered via satellite to the Country’s 34 provinces, reaching remote areas where there are no schools and that cannot be reached because of local security problems and political instability.  

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Italian Ambassador, Roberto Cantone, the director of AICS Afghanistan, Rosario Centola, the Minister of Education, Assadullah Haneef Balkhi and representatives of UNESCO. The ceremony included the screening of a documentary on the historic and cultural heritage of Bamyan, commissioned by the Italian Cooperation service as part of a series of documentaries on Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. The documentary will also be screened at the Film Festival of Locarno and at the 13th Meeting of the Working Group on Bamyan to be held in Munich.