A recent Graduate of Dunya University
I came to know the APT Leadership Program is one of the best and excellent programs in Afghanistan and I know APT is a very good environment for youth to develop their skills. It would be like a privilege for youth to engage in this program and it will help them to enhance their skills and enrich their knowledge. Besides, it gives the right platform and great opportunity for youth to develop, learn, grow, and to achieve their career goals. I am writing to thank APT for its infinite contribution to help us learn new skills, experience, and knowledge. Indeed, it is a great program all across Afghanistan and it is very useful for youths.
MR. Rafi Mohammad@Rafi
Student of Economic Faculty at Kabul University
During the leadership program with APT, we had multiple virtual meetings with significant foreign figures, with whom we interacted and communicated about diverse leadership topics. Even though our program and meetings, due to the lockdown, were conducted virtually, it was a wonderful and fertile experience for me. In short, what I value more than any other merits of this leadership program is that it provided us with an opportunity to meet and become acquainted with each other as classmates and like-minded people who all, in my opinion, have the potential and capacity of becoming the future leaders of this society. Even more, when our class was assigned with "social project", I was inspired and delighted by the idea and plan we came up with, which was to help and support families that are unable to afford their children’s educational expenses.
Rohullah Roshaan @Rohullah
Student of Pharmacy Faculty at Kabul University
When I joined APT Spring Leadership Course, I felt over joy. Afterward, when the course started I was enthusiastic to participate in each session. Our leadership course has started with full energy. During the course; however, all our sessions were online because of COVID-19, we have made good friendships with our classmates and learned a lot from each other. This was the time that the entire world was Quarantine, but we had our sessions active and participated in the sessions with great zeal. During these online sessions, we have met talented professors and instructors, for instance, Arley Loewen. Honestly speaking, we learned a lot about leadership from our respected instructors for which we will always owe them.
Ms. Shaiysta Rahmani@Shaiysta
Student at Law Faculty of Kabul University
I came to know about the Leadership Development Course of APT in early 2020. I was very interested to attend it; therefore, I applied for it and got selected. During the course, I learned various points about leadership, its fundamentals and styles. Though our classes were conducted online, I made some very nice friends from different backgrounds and leadership potential. Besides, we met talented instructors during our online sessions. Since they were from different countries such as, US, Canada, and Afghanistan, we came to know what leader is from their perspectives and what do they think about the Afghan people. Overall, our leadership course was awesome.
Ms. Nilab Ahmadi@NILAB
Law and Political Science Student at Kabul university
I was interested in leadership, and one of my goals was joining the leadership class of APT. Fortunately, I could join this class. During my classes at APT, I learned many things about leadership. It has been a great pleasure for me to be a student of this class. Before joining the leadership class, I had concerns about my ability to whether I can be a great leader in the future or not? Or am I able to lead a team? But after joining this class my self-confidence and my knowledge regarding leadership increased, and I understood that I can be a leader in my life. I’m thankful to APT and our instructors who helped us to be a step closer to our goals.
Ms. Habiba Nazari@Habiba
Law and Political Science Student at Kabul University
APT’s leadership program is a very nice opportunity for the young generation. I learned from this program how to organize a community to reach a shared goal, to motivate others to complete a series of tasks according to a pre-planned timeline, team building, risk-taking, creativity, and the ability to teach and mentor. Additionally, I learned that leadership is not just one skill but rather a combination of several different skills. Furthermore, I found a way to be an effective leader. An effective leader increases employee engagement, creates a positive environment and helps his/her team.
Ms. Soraya Ebrahimy@Soraya
A graduate of Kateb University’s Law School,
As an active citizen, I have always wondered how can I better fulfill my responsibility towards my nation and society where I live in and after getting a good education and gaining more academic knowledge, I came to notice that we have to invest on our leadership skills because it is an important element for bringing positive community and society changes. Fortunately, I read about the Leadership Program offered by APT and thereby applied for it. The Program was organized online due to the occurrence of the novel coronavirus which was based on the core belief that leadership is a foundational skill that can be applied to improve all elements of society, be it social, political, professional, economical, or cultural. I learned about different communication theories, teamwork, creative thinking, talking with new people that was amazing as we explored diversity, and built our confidence.
Ms. Sahar Mirza@Sahar
Student of Computer Engineering at Kabul Polytechnic University
Leadership is a series of life, because of that everyone needs to learn leadership in his or her life. Fortunately, I had the opportunity of joining APT’s Spring Leadership Development Course. The things that I learned during the two months were wonderful achievements that I have ever experienced. This course introduced me to know the real meaning of magnanimity, influence, being honorable, giving respect, listening to others, being trusted, supporting people, and so on. In this course, I learned how to be valiant in my position and how to show bravery in my words and my behaviors. The APT leadership course gives me the chance to make new friends and meet different personalities. Although, because of coronavirus we did not have the sessions physically, our sessions were friendly and awesome.
MR. SHAMSULHAQ SADIQI@SHAMSULHAQ
Mr. Sadiqi, a student of Kabul University, shares his experience after graduating from our leadership class:
“Afghanistan has experienced war. We are the responsible people to bring peace bring prosperity back to our country and rebuild our country. I believe for that we need leaders. Therefore, before joining APT, I was in pursue of a good leadership class so that I could learn about leadership and become a leader and that was my only goal. Luckily, I heard about an organization APT and its leadership course. I applied and I was selected and I reached to my goal. Before joining the class, all my goal was to learn about leadership and I was not very open person – I could not easily make friends who were different from me and to be honest I was so biased toward others. When I entered the leadership class everything changed. In our class I saw students from difference background and tribes. We became close friends gradually, and there was no discrimination among us. This really touched my heart. In addition, we have leaned many valuable lesion that I was not aware of that before joining the class. We learned about integrity, NVC, confidence, flict transformation, vision, empowering others to lead, setting goals and etc. I was also a judgmental person, this class help me to not judge people but understand them. Last but not least, we were divided into groups. Our each group did a project that we committed to work for eradication of illiteracy in Afghanistan. Our group did unbelievable job with less resources. It was just because of APT’s hard work. APT has changed my life, build up my confidence and taught me new things about leadership.”
MR. ABDUL BASET HAMID@BASET
Mr. Basit, a senior student at the English Literature Faculty of Balkh University, shares his debating experience with us:
“Life is full of memories, whether good or unpleasant. The much more beautiful of those memories are to become pleasant stories which you are willing to spread all around. One of those memorable days which I am willing to write about is the days of Afghan for Progressive Thinking organization’s debating championship. This provincial event which was held by APT has had a significant impact on my attitudes and the way that I think. Therefore, I see it as something worthy to be shared. I have been increasing my knowledge and developing my abilities since I was enrolled at university. All my knowledge and understanding were somewhat limited until two years ago, when I was introduced to APT and its became involved in their activities. I found this organization working for youth development. Development is interpreted here as being open in accepting new ideas and spreading out the culture of openness. I was really looking forward to participating in the debate championship. My first debate was fair and I had some achievements. I then continued to debate and to develop my debating skills. My partner and I finally became champions in the last tournament. Using all my skills in the last debating championship brought an acceptable result for me and I am proud of it. I am sending my best wishes to APT and to its kind coordinators and volunteers who make such beneficial events like debating championships happen. Since starting to debate, I have magnificently changed in a positive way. Now I can share my ideas and talk to my peers, teachers, and family with strong confidence.”
MR. REZA AKBARI@REZA
Mr. Akbari, studying Psychology in Kabul University shares about the impact of our open event on occasion of International Day of Peace:
“First of all, I would like to thank and appreciate APT for hosting such events on account of celebrating the international day of peace. It was really unforgettable and memorable day for me. Through the international day of peace with facilitating of Mr. Naderi, I learned many things especially about the differences of 3 decades ago and comparing those differences with now. Mr. Naderi revitalized those poor days. He said whatever the situation may be, there is always something nice to be thankful for even during your worst days there is something positive that happens during that day so appreciate those nice moments and enjoy the life. Through the speeches of Mr. Naderi, I learned many things like appreciating some small things that have encouraged me to get a promising step for changing myself. In our social life, there are always negative and positive things but how beautiful it will be if we divert our focus to those small positive things and appreciate them. I think concentrating on those positive things can cause us to remain positive under duress. Finding solutions is part of the test and must be respected in our career.
MS. MARHABA QADIS@MARHABA
Senior student of Law and Political Science at Balkh University shares her debating experience with us:
I started going to the trainings of debating which were being set up by APT (Afghanistan for Progressive Thinking) while I was studying the 4th semester of college and while I was still thinking of my future; how it could be as I wished? How can I be admitted in beneficial parts of the society`s affairs? Tamana Farewar, my close friend and my classmate, asked to join APT’s debate trainings. As she is a well-known girl for being active in those affairs, then just I trusted her and went ahead. Now I am almost that one I was looking for.
Debating framework made my speeches hearable. We all know that the more we shorten our speeches in a short period of time and the key words, the more we`ll be able to reach our words in a good manner. Debating caused me meet different people with the different ideologies, because that helps us coordinate and communicate for a relationship. Every word we explicit will have positive comments and negative ones as well. We as human being should find this logic and let anybody to express what they want and what they need indeed. Debating logic follows this law of life and says “Each other acceptance culture will work if you want to proceed your life as fine as you wish and being rude is not the solution.” Also, standing against people or by the people to reject or accept an idea needs dare and courage. Debating rules made me say with myself let`s break the ice you made to yourself!
All in all, I confess that debating did bring lots of changes in my social life and personal life as well. Such as; understanding my speeches in a good way possible, communicating for exchanging useful information, getting known yourself to the key ranking people around you, accepting each other`s word as humans are respectable to state their needs even if it was against of ours and finally enhancing courage of public speaking. Hope this chance meet everybody to debate once and experience it.
MR.S NAZO KHIALI@NAZO
Mother of three sons, from Khost living in Kabul, shared her impact story with us after listening to this radio program:
It was a big challenge for me to give my neighbors awareness about the violence extremism issues, but thanks to god that I found this radio program. I could share it with my neighbors to listen to, which conveyed the messages of peaceful life, and it talked about violent extremism issues. This radio program also taught me so many lessons having to do with moderation in families and violent extremism groups. I also learned how to give lessons to my children about the consequence of violence.
MS. SAHEMA NOORI@SAHEMA
Senior student of English Literature at Kahkashan-e-Sharq University in Herat shares her story of debating career with us:
My name is Sahema noori, and I am 24 years old. A senior student of English Literature at Kahkeshan-e-Sharq University. I think it was April 10, 2018 when first heard about APT and the programs which were held by APT. I was interested in participating, so I participated (for the first time) at APT debate program. APT has changed many things in my life. I was such a shy person who was afraid to be in contact with other people, but I can see myself a more social person.
It made me a more patient person. Now I can endure different ideas. Now it is not only me to say the right thing, there are many others with better ideas than mine. Cooperation was another thing that I got from APT family, working in groups, sharing ideas, and so on. By APT debate program, I have met many people from different fields and different universities with different viewpoints and now I can call my friends. Positive thinking and being optimistic about future of Afghanistan were the things I gained by seeing active and energetic youths of different provinces; it made me hopeful for a better Afghanistan. I am so thankful to APT for its efforts and for making this opportunity for us in order to gain and promote tolerance, openness and respect. It is a big honor to be part of APT.
Mother of one son and one daughter, from the Baghlan province, shared her experience with us after listening to the radio program:
Through this radio program, I learned many things. I learned about taking care of our children to not to use violence at homes or in society, about paying attention to their education, and about the use of moderation at home and in society. I learned that ignorance and poverty bring much more violence at homes and the best way to struggle for a brighter future is educating our children.