A journalism professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha recently returned from a ten-day trip to Afghanistan.
It was Chris Allen’s third trip to that country since 2010. He’s working with two Afghan universities to launch and expand their own journalism programs.
“In this case, to help them build a new curriculum in communications studies or speech communication, traditional speech courses,” Allen says. “They don’t have that at either of those universities right now. In today’s society, they really want to begin building that program with their students.”
Allen says the project got a two-million dollar grant as part of UNO’s ongoing effort to improve the Afghan educational system.
“We’ve already had a $1.3-million grant to work with Kabul University’s journalism program, which was a very successful grant,” Allen says. “We remain friends with those faculty members and colleagues we’ve made over the years since 2010 when we got the grant. This is just more opportunity to build.”
Allen says UNO has been involved in Afghanistan for 30 years, with efforts that include training teachers in grades K through 12.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton