Islamabad (Web Desk): Pashto science magazine ‘POHA’ by Deutsche Welle (DW) will introduce viewers to the fascinating world of science and knowledge in Pashto language on RINSTRA.
The magazine has more than 60 million native speakers around the world while 35 million people live in Pakistan and speak the language. Yet science and technology or knowledge related content has been missing for the native Pashto speaking population. POHA, Pashto Science Magazine, is the initiative of Deutsche Welle (DW), which will start streaming on Pakistan’s first short form digital media platform, RINSTRA, from April 2021.
Poha (knowledge) dives into the fascinating world of science with stories from around the world in the Pashto language. It gives viewers a weekly dose of science education. The show is geared towards people who are curious about the cosmos and how it works.
“We are really excited about this latest development in Pakistan,” said Tobias Grote-Beverborg, DW’s Senior Distribution Executive for South Asia. “We have been broadcasting to Pakistan for more than 40 years and by producing a new television program in Pashto, we hope to make even more friends.”
Dr. Adil Akhtar, Chairman and Co-founder, RINSTRA Technologies said that, “We are excited to partner with DW on this initiative, as this helps us to promote the science knowledge to our regional languages in Pakistan and beyond. Content diversity is a big challenge for the media industry in Pakistan. The mainstream media has sidelined, science and technology related content especially the knowledge-based programming. This partnership will encourage RINSTRA users to explore a new genre of programing in Pashto language.
Chief Executive Officer of RINSTRA, Amir Jahangir said, “POHA is a great initiative of DW and we are excited to host it on our platform. POHA will encourage native Pashto speaking population and the diaspora to enjoy the knowledge-based program in their own language.” We hope this initiative will generate more curiosity in our users towards science and technology.
RINSTRA is one of the mega projects of National Innovation Basket (NIB) initiative of DICE Foundation - a non-profit organization, run by expatriate Pakistanis. RINSTRA was conceived and incubated by DICE Creative Art & Media platform (CAM) with a goal to make CAM as one of the economic pillars of Pakistan.