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Action for Change

Action for Change

  Mohammad Sharif, 22, is one of ten young leaders from Nangarhar, and who believes that the participation of young people is key to a healthy society. “Young people need to engage in their community and contribute to its wellbeing and prosperity.” In April 2019, the group of young leaders started to encourage people in .. read more

06
Feb
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Experience of an Afghan returnee from Germany: Shaheen Duranai

Experience of an Afghan returnee from Germany: Shaheen Duranai

  Originally from Balkh province in northern Afghanistan, Shaheen Duranai felt when he’d reached his teens that his future lay in Europe. He explains: “I made up my mind at a time when getting to Europe did not seem very difficult, with many Afghans embarking on the journey and trusting their fate in the hands .. read more

06
Feb
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Promoting Literacy Through Dialogue

Promoting Literacy Through Dialogue

  Afghanistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, currently estimated at about 31% of the adult population (over 15 years of age). Female literacy levels are on average 17%, with high variation, indicating gender divide, according to UNESCO. Siwa, 20, is an active young girl from Laghman province who graduated from .. read more

30
Jan
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Young leaders from Jawzjan

Young leaders from Jawzjan

Young leaders from Jawzjan A group of young leaders from Jawzjan province is encouraging a process of change that promotes culture. Paiman, one of the group, explains: “Our society has many problems, including underage and forced marriages. We agreed that we needed to raise awareness within the community about the risks and consequences of the .. read more

30
Jan
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Blossoming Change

Blossoming Change

  Ghadir Sa’adat, 25, is a Young Leader Program’s alumnus from Bamyan province. After his graduation from the program, he recently founded a cultural association called Shogofayi Taghir—literally meaning Blossoming Change—in Bamyan. Through his association, he facilitates socio-cultural dialogues aiming to promote empathy and mutual understanding in his community. He talks about his experiences and .. read more

20
Jan
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Step-up for Solidarity

Step-up for Solidarity

  A prosperous society lies in solidarity and unity, flexibility, and accepting people with the diversity that they have in thoughts, actions, perceptions, and behavior. Balkh Young Leaders, Mubarak Shah Majidi with the close cooperation of Mustafa Hakimi, Ahmad Walid Sharifi and with the involvement of 17 volunteers conducted a one-day project on the theme .. read more

16
Jan
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The Children’s Green House: House to House and Door to Door work for Sympathy

The Children’s Green House: House to House and Door to Door work for Sympathy

  Abbas Haidari, a young leader in Kabul province, remembers the multiple financial problems his family faced when he was a child, when he had to work at different times as a guard and making handicrafts. At one point, he went to Turkey to try to find work to support his family, but found life .. read more

29
Dec
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Working for positive change in Nangarhar

Working for positive change in Nangarhar

  Young Leaders in Nangarhar have been campaigning to persuade parents to let their children attend school, with a particular focus on daughters. Enayaturrahman, one of the group, says: “As young members of our community, it is our responsibility to bring about positive change and ensure that our sisters have opportunities for education like those .. read more

25
Nov
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Creating incentives to address domestic violence.

Creating incentives to address domestic violence.

  A group of Young Leaders in Mazar-e-Sharif joined forces to address the issue of domestic violence within their community, by convening meetings to discuss how best to deal with entrenched attitudes and prejudices. One of the Young Leaders, Mubarak Shah Majidi explained ‘There are many in our families and communities who suffer violence at .. read more

21
Nov
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Ahmad Wali Karimi

Ahmad Wali Karimi

Ahmad Wali Karimi, a young leader of Mazar-e-Sharif, explains how he has become more active in his community: ‘I initially came to the public library in Mazar to study, but heard music from a container situated nearby. I love music, so went to the container to watch a group of young people playing. I was .. read more

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Nov
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