August 15, 2016 – (Kabul, Afghanistan) - Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading communications provider, announced it awarded “Student of the Year” scholarships to thirteen top students from participating universities in Afghanistan. The scholarships were awarded as part of Roshan’s “Yaraan by Roshan” brand, an exclusive platform designed to empower Afghan youth.
“At Roshan, we are committed to providing opportunities for Afghan youth and enabling them to be the next generation of young Afghan leaders,” said Altaf Ladak, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Roshan. “Access to higher education still remains elusive for many talented and ambitious young Afghans who are unable to afford the tuition to top universities in the country. Yaraan’s scholarships help them enroll in these universities and pursue their dreams.”
The “Student of the Year” scholarship is one of several initiatives highlighting Yaraan’s support of Afghan youth. It was launched last year to help students afford higher education. Thirteen universities from across Afghanistan nominated one of their top and most deserving students for the scholarship program, which covers the tuition fee of the student for the entire year.
Despite improvements in the last decade, Afghanistan’s youth population continues to face issues ranging from a high unemployment rate to lack of access to education and other opportunities. To help address these issues, Roshan revamped its Yaraan brand last year by combining products and services with opportunities to help Afghan youth realize their true potentials. This innovative approach has also set a new trend for Afghanistan’s private sector to engage with the youth and support them.
Roshan first launched its Yaraan brand in 2008, becoming the first Afghan company to introduce an exclusive brand in support of the youth of Afghanistan. Last year, Roshan revamped Yaraan and renamed it “Yaraan by Roshan,” supporting Afghan students to gain access to sports, music, arts, education and career development opportunities.
Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with over 6.5 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 287 districts and cities in all of the country's 34 provinces.
Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country’s long-term development. Since its inception in 2003, Roshan has invested over $700 million in Afghanistan and is the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately five percent of the Afghan government's overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs around 900 people, 20 percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 35,000 people.
Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.