Inspiring Youth to Write their Own Stories and Choose their Best Future


Af. Circle

The Equal Access radio drama One Village, A Thousand Voices (Yak Qarya Wa Hazar Sada), inspires young Afghans by engaging them in the decision-making process. Featuring a groundbreaking interactive format, the drama provides scenes and characters from Afghan culture that encourage audiences to relate to everyday challenges in their own lives. With storylines that depict challenges in achieving social justice; choices on how to deal with conflict in peaceful ways; and educational alerts on the dangers of human trafficking, loyal youth listeners play an active role in determining how characters overcome
these obstacles.

At the end of each broadcast, listeners are asked to evaluate a choice made by a character during the episode. The audience is then encouraged to call the Equal Access’ Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to voice their own opinions. Producers use this feedback to determine the future direction of the series, and the ideas provided by audience members are brought to life by beloved drama characters. Equal Access partners with Radio Azadi to broadcast One Village a Thousand Voices
to a national audience.

Proven successful at engaging youth, promoting justice, and increasing positive attitudes about young people throughout
Afghanistan, One Village’s…. scheduled 172 episodes were completed in early 2015. Due to the show’s significant popularity,
the series was extended for an additional year, bringing the total number of forecasted episodes to 219 by 2016.

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