NPR’s staggering drive for a good story is applauding. Apart from producing daily news and cultural programming, NPR has been submerging into the deep waters of storytelling, appropriately celebrating unique and powerful content and individual lives. Its highly successful StoryCorps podcast focuses on giving everyone a chance to share his or her story. The presented stories are often very moving, which at the end of the broadcast transcend our culture’s bewildered sense of humanity.
A Girl Can Dream is a poignant and interactive story on children’s education in Afghanistan. It is unusual for girls to even go to school, but those who do dream big and do not shy away from their opinions. Reporter Rebecca Hersher and photographer David Gilkey visit Tanweer School, founded by a former used car salesman in a neighbourhood, which did not have a public school. The story starts off with an honest and heart-warming video of Afghan teens bravely opening up about their ambitions and dreams. It proceeds to a photostory, laying out startling facts and accounts, portraying ambitious young faces. But it is the girls who stand out – they want to become brain surgeons and presidents. The only question is whether this is all possible in a highly male-dominated culture like Afghanistan. This interactive story won’t leave you cold.