Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT) was founded in 2010 by a young college graduate who had the vision of a peaceful, tolerant, open and progressive Afghan society, a vision which is shared by hundreds of thousands of other Afghan youths. Prior to founding APT, He had begun the journey toward his vision by organizing intercultural dialogues between Afghans and internationals in Lucknow, India, where he was working to earn his bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
APT is the largest youth-led national organization that works to promote peace and critical thinking among youth and children in Afghanistan. APT uses two social theories of change, namely contact theory of change and critical thinking theory of change, to reach its vision. The ability to think critically builds an individual’s capacity to potentially challenge existing social, political, economic and cultural systems in constructive and transformative ways. In addition, contact theory stipulates that an increased contact with ‘the other’ opens channels of communication, creates shared spaces and experiences, builds the understanding of the challenges and realities of the other’s contexts, which, in turn challenges misconceptions, reduces prejudices and fosters respect towards diversity.
I would like to extend my gratitude as well to Afghans for Progressives thinking Board for sponsoring this event( National debate championship). The dedicated people who serve in this organization are to be commended for the sharing of their resources and time to enhance opportunities for our youth is timely and important.
APT brings hope and unfolds the true identity of Afghans as people with just the same nature as any other human being on earth – with capacity and potential to do enormous good.
Now after the debate, I can confidently enter discussions and comment on women and peace topics. I didn’t know many important and underlying causes of war and conflict. I have now informed opinions that make me feel powerful and able for taking action and provoking the people of my surrounding to believe in women’s power to bring about peace in our community”
APT sponsored a number of girls on exposure to Uzbekistan from Feb 28 to March 4, 2020. These girls had the chance to participate in a Model United Nations Program in Tashkent. This program built a sense of appreciation for diversity through interaction in a multi-cultural environment. Additionally, the program enabled the participants to practiceread more
Afghan women are a symbol of resistance, perseverance and bravery. The challenges and unequal treatment they have overcome are appreciable. Thus, we had the opportunity to honor the International Women’s Day by organizing events in Kabul, Nangarhar, Badakhshan and Kandahar provinces. The events aimed at helping Afghan men who have been dominating women over the yearsread more
To establish common intentions, localize debate inside universities and train debate club members to promote human rights and democratic values among university students, APT as of its initial requirement for future dealings signed Memorandum of Understating with a number of Universities in Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Badakhshan, Nangarhar, Samangan, and Kandahar. This bi-lateral document provides aread more
UN75 the World’s Biggest Global Conversation on world’s future is an excellent initiative for youth not only from Afghanistan but also for youth from across the globe. APT along with UNAMA Kicked off this conversation in Afghanistan. Through these discussions, we understood that for Afghans, security is the first priority, and they want to haveread more
Debate is platform through which women can express themselves and can contribute to a peaceful and tolerant society meaningfully. On 12th January 2020, APT organized a round of debate among female debaters from Kabul, Kardan, PDI and Kabul Polytechnic universities. These strong women debated over women’s participation in fostering the peace negotiations with the Taliban. Weread more
APT organized Millennium National Debate Tournament at Kabul Polytechnic University. MNDT2019 was the biggest youth debate tournament which focused on Global Goals – goal number 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) in particular. MNDT2019 gave the stage to young men and women to debate on very controversial topics related to Afghanistan, the region and theread more
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