JOURNALISM TRAINING AT KABUL UNIVERSITY. A presentation prepared by Professor Kazim Ahang, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism at Kabul University, for the JourNet conference, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. February, 2004. Greetings from Kabul, Afghanistan. This is Professor
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A presentation prepared by Professor Kazim Ahang,
Dean of the Faculty of Journalism at Kabul University,
for the JourNet conference, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Kazim Ahang Dean of the Faculty of Journalism at
Kabul University. It is with regret that I cannot be
with you today at the JourNet conference in Newcastle,
Australia. However, I thank you for the invitation and
hope that your conference is successful and rewarding.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Kabul University
and to the beautiful land of Afghanistan.
countless civilizations. It has places of great beauty
and great historical significance and a multi-cultural
destruction in Afghanistan.
The country is littered with war debris and
landmines. Many parts of Kabul have been
infrastructure of the media destroyed…
front line in the fighting.
Here is a street photographer, still making
his living using a camera from last century.
this was the main equipment of our national
news agency, Bakhtar.
Technology building was not spared.
will soon be used again for preparing and
broadcasting distance education programmes.
destruction are the Buddha statues of Bamiyan.
Willfully destroyed by the Taliban.
Treasures of the past, gone forever.
and repression was that of education. During
Taliban times, girls could not attend schools,
nor could women teachers go to work.
institution in Afghanistan and is the oldest
university in the country.
west Kabul. Fortunately, the civil war spared us major damage,
although some parts of the campus were destroyed and the
general infrastructure became decayed.
received war damage. Now, the cataloguing
system is having to be started all over again
and we are also seeking new textbooks and
reference materials from all over the world.
Internet. The first Internet connection on the campus came to
us thanks to the generosity of the Government of Japan and
UNESCO. We have established an Internet Café within the main
library and this is used every day by students and teachers.
At present, there are no students at the university
because it is closed for winter. However,
you can see that our facilities are basic.
world, we now have a new library full of
mass communication and journalism books.
institutions, friends and ordinary citizens
worldwide after UNESCO put out an appeal
on the Internet. If you sent some books,
we sincerely thank you.
centre which is for the young men and women
who will be the next generation of journalists in
Afghanistan. Here, they can be trained and also
access information from overseas.
radio station. An FM broadcasting frequency has been
granted and we are now training our teachers and
students how to use the radio station. Soon, we hope
to be broadcasting information and entertainment about
the University to a wide part of the population of Kabul.
We hope that this brief introduction gives you a better idea
of who we are and what we do.
We are keen to be part of the global academic community
and look forward to joining JourNet and other like-minded
bodies. Support for the work of the Faculty comes from
many sources, including UNESCO, Lille University in France,
the Governments of the United Kingdom, France and the
United States of America, as well as from media NGO’s,
like Media Action International, the AINA Media Centre and
again for the invitation to join your conference. On behalf of all
my colleagues, I send you our best wishes and with the hope
that we can join with you again in the future.
We are an optimistic and hospitable people and you are always
welcome to visit us in Kabul. Goodbye…or as we say in Afghanistan,