AEPO Background and History

The Afghan Education Production Organization(AEPO) is a registered, non-profit and non-governmental NGO that was first established by BBC World Service in 1994. The purpose of the establishment of this organization was to provide radio programs to of Afghans who had little or no access to information and at the same time were exiled from their country and shelter, and some of them were living in war.

At that time, this organization was known as Afghan Education Projects(AEP).

In 2003, AEP became the media-for-development charity BBC Media Action’s (previously known as BBC World Service Trust), implementing branch in Afghanistan. Over the years, AEP as an organization reached maturity and capability of becoming independent of BBC Media Action. In February 2011, AEPO became an independent NGO registered with the Afghan government and subsequently officially became independent from its former parent organization, BBC Media Action, on April 2, 2012.

As a newly independent organization, AEPO still works closely in partnership with BBC Media Action and BBC World Service to continue to bring high-quality programming that reaches widely to Afghan audiences and gives them information to improve their lives. 

 AEPO, which has been producing educational and entertaining radio programming for the past 24 years, is emblematic of the Afghan experience: a group of Afghan radio producers in exile in Peshawar carried on the Afghan oral tradition of storytelling through radio dramas on the BBC.

Since its return to Kabul in 2002, the organization has gone from strength to strength, with around 80 full-time & around 120 part-time staff and a wide portfolio of media outputs.

AEPO produces 16 high-quality programs each week (8 in Dari and 8 in Pashto) and each program is broadcast multiple times on the BBC airwaves, ensuring broad audience reach and optimum learning outcomes.  Programs include the flagship drama New Home, New Life, which reaches some 39% of Afghan adults, and regular educational feature programs which reach up to 21%. 


AEPO’s key achievements over the past 22 years have differentiated it from other media organizations. AEPO’s key differentiators are:

Extensive reach across Afghanistan: As previously mentioned, 39% adult Afghans are listening to the programs of the EPO, which provides important information to a large number of people in a simple language.

AEPO programs have been broadcast on BBC radio broadcasts across the country, and are being distributed through the 7 networks of Salam-Watandar, Radio, Educational Television and 27 local radio stations through AEPO in different provinces.


The whole activities of our organization are educational. In the programs, there are no local, language and religious prejudices in our programs, which why all listeners like them and this political neutrality continues till now.

Being local

An ongoing survey of people's lives helps us to visualize their real life in their plans and take into account the cultural delicacies and traditions in it. External research statistics show that 94% of the audiences believe that the New Home, New Life drama depicts the real life of Afghans.

Fame and trust:

Famous programs such as New Home, New Life drama have a special place among the urban and rural residents, and they trust and get benefit and credible information educational and social messages.

A survey shows that people are listening to the Health and Life program for obtaining medical information and listening Gold in the Dust for economic issues, and for finding solutions to agricultural problems, livestock and social issues they prefer the program of Village Voice.

However, the Afghanistan Education Production organization is the only organization that provides children with their highly skilled, professional programs. These programs have contributed positively to the development of children's mental and social approaches. They enjoy their recreational features, which is why, besides recognizing the characters, they know their producers as well.