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Women, Youth & Peace Debating Championship

To create the space for youth to speak their thoughts, on August 2, APT organized ‘Women, Youth & Peace Debating Championship’ at Gharjistan University. Teams from Kabul University, Bakhtar University, Kabul Education University of Prof. Shaheed Rabbani and Gharjistan University competed in five debate rounds. The students debated the role of women and youth in the peace process, Afghan women conditions post peace agreement and the way forward. Four teams from Kabul University broke into the final round, which Ms. Maria Rozba and Mr. Osman Alami won the tournament championship while Ms. Hasina Wardak of Kabul University was ranked as the First Best Speaker of the competition. In meantime, Mr. Khan Ali Alizada, a veteran debater and adjudicator of APT’s judges’ community in Kabul, was selected as the Best Adjudicator of Women, Youth & Peace Debating Championship.

We congratulate all debaters for their accomplishments and wish them best luck in their debating career. We also appreciate the efforts of our voluteer and judges’ community in Kabul for their valuable contributions in the program.


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Leadership Development Program

“Great leader create more leaders, not followers”

APT Leadership Development Program Spring 2019.The students of the APT spring season were hosted by the Netherlands Embassy after completing their social service projects.

In this session with collaboration of Netherlands Embassy students learned about two important topics “Courage and Encouragement”. The main purposes of this session were to enhance the leadership skills of the students and to help students learn how to work courageously for their community and empower each member of the community.

We thank  our partner Embassy of the Netherlands in Afghanistan for hosting and facilitating this session.

Panel Discussion, June, 2019

APT works to empower women of different levels in the society. On June 25th 2019, APT held a panel discussion on “How to counter violent extremism & dissuade children from joining violent extremist groups”. In the panel, APT had two guest speakers Mrs. Qudsia Raheen AWN advocacy manager and Mr. Asadullah Saeed, director of Raheyane Saadat. In this panel, 62 women and 8 men from different levels of the society participated. 

In first part of the panel the two guest speakers talked about a variety of issues such as “Violent extremism, roots of VE, internal and external factors of VE, how to counter VE in the families & society, how to dissuade children from joining VE, root cause of children joining VE groups, Suggestions for mothers & families to raise healthy children and counter VE. In the second part of the panel, APT team distributed papers for the participants to write the best policy for countering VE.

The participants wrote policies about the ways through which families and society can counter violent extremism. In addition to that, the stage was given to the audience to explain their policy papers regarding countering VE. Among the audience, 2 girls and one woman explained their policy paper and finally, Nazira Hafizi one of the participants received the best policy certificate from the panel.

Debate Training For Students in Balkh Province

Youth posses fresh minds and ideas which can shape the Afghan society in a more acceptable way. Therefore, APT is aiming to invest on youth and help them formulate their minds towards improving society.

APT organized debate training for university students in Balkh on 11th to 13th June 2019. The purpose of these training were to help these students figure out the problems and find reasonable solutions.

Debate Training for Samangan University Students

To promote a culture of respect among youth, APT chooses to organize debate training for them, especially university students.
Through debate, students learn to accept and respect different ideas and opinions.

Following that, APT in Samagan successfully delivered an advance 2 days training for newly recruited students in Samangan university and Teacher Training Center. The training took place in Teacher Training Center on 18th and 19th June, 2019.

Ms. Basira Paigham Regional coordinator of APT in samangan province provided training regarding type of motion, argumentation, teamwork, and judges consideration in debate.

Elites Inter-varsity Debate Tournament

We are very thrilled to share the memories and result of our Elites Inter-varsity Debate Tournament with you!

Following its mission of promoting a culture of tolerance and openness, APT organized Elites Inter-varsity Debate Tournament. The sole purpose of this tournament was to enhance the critical thinking and debating skills of those students who recently joined the debate community.

We were very delighted to host a number of immensely talented debaters from five universities; Avicenna, Kardan, Kabul, PDI and Polytechnic, in this tournament. After three splendid rounds of debate, four best teams broke to finals.

As the result, after a unanimous decision by the panel, a team from Kabul University; Ms. Zainab Amirzai and Mr. Rahid Amin became the champions. It is worth mentioning that Ms. Zainab Amirzai won the Best Speaker’s title as well.

We congratulate the champions, the teams which broke to finals, and all other teams for showing their utmost dedication and commitment to debate, by participating in this tournament. Moreover, we would like to show our gratitude to our distinguished judges and team of volunteers for assisting us in making it a magnificent and memorable event.

APT’s main goal is promotion of a culture of respect among youth, especially university students. For this, it organizes different programs especially debate. This tournament proved that APT is soon to accomplish its mission, because these university students showed their highest level respect to different ideas.